Paris, France, 24 May 2021 | Leigh Rogers

At least one Australian man is guaranteed to progress to the second round in Roland Garros qualifying, with Marc Polmans and Alex Bolt drawn to play each other in the opening round.

Bolt leads their tour-level head-to-head record 3-1, however all of their previous meetings have been on hard courts.

Thanasi Kokkinakis arrives in Paris with brimming confidence after claiming an ATP Challenger title in Italy – however, the 25-year-old faces a tough first-round encounter against ninth seed Mackenzie McDonald. The American has been ranked as high as No.57 and reached the Australian Open fourth round earlier this season.

Aleksandar Vukic, who qualified at Roland Garros last year, plays Portugal’s Frederico Ferreira Silva in the opening round, while Bernard Tomic meets 16-year-old French wildcard Arthur Fils.

Matt Ebden is also attempting to qualify in Paris and plays Chile’s Alejandro Tabilo.

Roland Garros 2021 – men’s singles qualifying
Player Rank v Player  Rank
[31] Marc Polmans (AUS) 149 v Alex Bolt (AUS) 195
Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 180 v [9] Mackenzie McDonald (USA) 118
Aleksandar Vukic (AUS) 208 v Frederico Ferreira Silva (POR) 168
Bernard Tomic (AUS) 213 v [WC] Arthur Fils (FRA) 1034
Matthew Ebden (AUS) 229 v Alejandro Tabilo (CHI) 166

> VIEW: Full Roland Garros 2021 men’s singles qualifying draw

Australia’s highest two ranked contenders in the women’s singles qualifying draw – Lizette Cabrera and Storm Sanders – have both been pitted against seeded players in the first round.

Cabrera plays No.32 seed Wang Xiyu of China, with Sanders to face No.24 seed Katarzyna Kawa of Poland.

Priscilla Hon, Arina Rodionova, Ellen Perez and Olivia Gadecki will also contest qualifying. It marks the first time since 1992 that Australia has had six women in a Roland Garros women’s singles qualifying draw.

Roland Garros 2021 – women’s singles qualifying
Player Rank v Player  Rank
Lizette Cabrera (AUS) 150 v [32] Wang Xiyu (CHN) 145
Storm Sanders (AUS) 161 v [24] Katarzyna Kawa (POL) 136
Priscilla Hon (AUS) 162 v Francesca Di Lorenzo (USA) 160
Arina Rodionova (AUS) 169 v Ankita Raina (IND) 182
Ellen Perez (AUS) 239 v Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) 154
[WC] Olivia Gadecki (AUS) 518 v Anastasia Gasanova (RUS) 172

> VIEW: Full Roland Garros 2021 women’s singles qualifying draw

Qualifying matches begins in Paris this evening (from 6.30pm AEST), with Tomic, Rodionova, Vukic, Perez, Polmans and Bolt all in action.

> VIEW: Roland Garros qualifying, day one schedule