Marcuss Deane: The talented teenager is the youngest player in the draw, and luckily for him he's drawn Thailand's Atthaphol Sae-ul first up. Sae-ul is a good player, but this really isn't his surface and he's done everything he can to avoid playing on clay this year. From there, though, it is hard to see him advancing much further.
Heath Davis: Czech leftie Vaclav Zeman is his first round opponent and that is a pretty good test for Davis. The Westerner is still a bit iffy on the clay despite some good results, while Zeman can cause troubles on his day. Deane or Sae-ul next before his big test comes in the third against Radivoj Daneu. Davis beat him in Rome, and will fancy his chances of advancing. A pretty good section all things considering.
David Briggs: The qualifier gets a big chance to pick up a win as he faces wildcard Mikel Fosdike first. Jefferson Drake, however...
It wasn't a good week for the fourteenth seed in Dusseldorf, and he has probably one of the most dangerous non-seeds first up against Maarten Berg
. Berg made the semis in Nice (before being pantsed by Drake), and is a very game opponent and a real threat to Mustard. After that it doesn't get much easier with Viktor Vuriak
coming off some solid red clay results, while a possible fourth round showdown with Drake awaits. Tough start.
Through war and famine, Drake is probably the East's only real hope here in Paris. He begins with a scrap against Heinz Hainisch
which he should win, and then has a pretty simple second round matchup. His real test could come against Kim Vollan
who is a Slam specialist, before a potential showdown with Jojo Mustard
in the fourth round. He's hit form at the right time in Nice, and if he can beat Brett Read
tomorrow it could complete a perfect preparation.
Ouch. The clay season hasn't been kind to Delev, and against highly touted Spanish youngster Marc Carretero
he could be in for a brutal first round matchup. If he wins that, Henry Charles
is probably next and that is winnable.
Dwayne Murdoch first. Heh.
Exactly what he didn't want - the Blanco section. In reality he's got a great chance to make it to the third round with Pascal Schmidt
and Pierre L'Estrange
as early threats, but Blanco after that makes it tough. What's worse is that he was just one withdrawal away from a seeding which would have given him a third round clash with Radek Špidlá
of all people.