On one of the hottest days of the year at Roland Garros, the first day of the 2010 French Open saw many local favorites on court. The schedule was packed with French interest. The match of the day was played by Frenchman and number 10-seeded, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He took to the main show court to take on German Daniel Brands. Brands was ranked number 89th in the latest ATP rankings, but came close to causing a major upset on the first day of the tournament. After splitting the first four sets, Tsonga displayed a great deal of mental toughness, as he came from behind to secure a win 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5.
Another match that had a lot of potential, but ended up as a bit of a letdown was between Latvian Ernests Gulbis who took on veteran Frenchman Julien Benneteau.
Gulbis, who was a major sleeper heading into the tournament having been playing very well in recent months, had trouble with Benneteau from the start. After dropping the first two sets, he had to retire due to a pulled hamstring.
With all the men’s seeds safely through the first day, eyes now turn to another big day for French players on day two at Roland Garros. Roger Federer begins the defence of his title against Gael Monfils in what is a fantastic first round encounter, and soon after, Richard Gasquet takes on Andy Murray.