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Nick Kyrgios, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, Simona Halep and Heather Watson are all in action on day one of the French Open at Roland Garros on Sunday. Japanese ace Nishikori is the leading male player in action as the second Grand Slam of the year gets underway and the fifth seed will have to be at his best to see off experienced Italian Simone Bolelli.Bolelli may be regarded more as a doubles specialist these days, indeed he won the Australian Open in 2015 with Fabio Fognini, but he has twice taken Nishikori to five sets and is at home on the clay courts. Nishikori, however, pushed Novak Djokovic to the limit in their Rome semi-final last week and has two semi-finals and a final under his belt on the European clay-court swing this seasonKyrgios, who has shown a new-found sense of maturity to claim his first ATP title this season, and a Masters-best semi-final run at the Miami Open, is up against Italys Marco Cecchinato. Nick Kyrgios can continue an excellent 2016 with a strong run at Roland Garros And home fans will have plenty to look forward to with Jeremy Chardy, seeded 30th, in action against Leonardo Mayer of Argentina and the enigmatic Benoit Paire taking on Radu Albot of Moldova.Fourth seed Garbine Muguruza heads the list of women in action on the opening day. She should have little trouble against Slovakias Anna Schmiedlova while sixth seed Halep takes on Japans Nao Hibino.Petra Kvitova will start the day on Philippe-Chartrier, the 10th seed takes on Danko Kovinic, and Sloane Stephens meets Russias Maragarita Gasparyan. Philippe-Chatrier Court - Order of Play Danka Kovinic v Petra Kvitova (10) Kei Nishikori (5) v Simone Bolelli Anna Schmiedova v Garbine Muguruza (4) Jeremy Chardy (30) v Leonardo Mayer One to Watch Milos Raonic is one of the outsiders who could make the breakthrough John Isner v John Millman is likely to be a contender and in-form Jack Sock will not be underestimating Dutchman Robin Haase, but in the mens event we are going for Milos Raonic against Janko Tipsarevic.Raonic was beaten by Kyrgios in Rome but has performed well at most of the seasons big events, adding an Indian Wells final to his appearance in the last four at the Australian Open. Outsiders assessed The surprise names to keep in mind Sky Sports Leif Shiras has tipped the big-serving Canadian as the next new winner of a Grand Slam, and in Tipsarevic he has an ideal opening opponent.The Serb has been around long enough to provide a tough test but Raonic has won all four meetings and has the class to come through. Womens First Round Draw Deatils on the opening matches at Roland Garros Svetlana Kuznetsova is a two-time Grand Slam champion, winning at Roland Garros in 2009, but the 13th seed has a tough test against Yaroslava Shvedova, whose best singles performances have come in Paris, twice reaching the quarter-finals.Those seeking something entertaining on the outside courts should look out for Germanys Dustin Brown, a past Wimbledon conqueror of Rafael Nadal, who takes on Israels Dudi Sela on Court No 11 in what should make for a crowd-pleasing clash. Suzanne-Lenglen Court - Order of Play Radu Albot v Benoit Paire (19) Vitalia Diatchenko v Lucie Safarova (11) Milos Raonic (8) v Janko Tipsarevic Simona Halep (6) v Nao Hibino Surprise in Store?Upsets are difficult to predict in the opening round in Paris, mainly because of clays capacity to throw up many a surprise, but should he find the form we know he is capable of, Grigor Dimitrov could prove too strong for Viktor Troicki. Bulgarias Grigor Dimitrov can cause a shock on day one Dimitrovs standards have dropped over the last couple of years and he has bounced around coaches, but a liking for the big events could see him cause a stir at Roland Garros and he can start by seeing off 22nd seed Troicki.Theyve already met twice this year and its one win apiece.In the womens event both Madison Brengle and Elena Vesnina are unseeded but American Brengle could well overcome the 20-place difference in the rankings and see off the Russian, whose focus is likely to be on a second womens doubles title in Paris. Murrays Roland Garros record A look at how the British number one has fared in Paris Brit WatchTwo Brits are in action and, whisper it, there are a couple of decent chances for victory - Kyle Edmund takes on Georgias Nikoloz Basilashvili out on Court No 6 and on Court No 3 Heather Watson takes on American Nicole Gibbs.Edmund is ranked at No 84 in the world and comes into the tournament after claiming the Challenger title in Rome, his second title of the year at that level. Kyle Edmund has a good chance of a first round win in Paris The 21-year-old has also racked up wins against Martin Klizan, Radek Stepanek, Jiri Vesely and Lukas Rosol this season and will fancy his chances of seeing off world No 105 Basilashvili, whose main tournament action this year has been on the Challenger circuit.Watson takes on on Gibbs, who at 72 is ranked some 18 places below the British No 2, who made a decent run to the last 32 in Rome last week.In Case You Missed ItWith the top mens seeds not in action on day one, they are still likely to attract many of the headlines with Amelie Mauresmo confirming her partnership with Andy Murray ended, at least in part, because of his on-court behaviour. Also See: French Open Draw Djokovics missing major Murray at Roland Garros Nadals La Decima Nike Air Max Ireland Sale . -- What Anthony Jennings lacked in experience, LSU more than compensated for with a talented supporting cast in the Outback Bowl. Air Max Wholesale Free Shipping . 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Air Max Ireland .J. - Henrik Lundqvist has done more than set a couple of franchise records for the New York Rangers this week.PHOENIX - New England Patriots offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer spent a good portion of his hour-long media session answering questions in German.Vollmer grew up in Germany, so it makes sense, but it also exemplifies how much of an international event the Super Bowl has become.Quite a few of the 2,000 journalists jammed across the floor of the US Airways Center at Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday were from foreign outlets, including some of the more outrageous ones who gave the event some international flavour.___GERMAN CONTINGENTThough Germany hasnt quite latched onto American football, theres still plenty of interest in the Super Bowl.More than 30 German journalists travelled to Arizona this week to cover the big game and to provide updates on Vollmer.Interest is getting more and more, said Marc Behrenbeck, a reporter for Sky Sport News in Munich. In Germany, football isnt that big, soccer is huge; football is very tiny compared to (soccer), but its getting more and more popular.Behrenbeck has covered the Super Bowl seven times and connected with fellow German reporters through the years, some of them from Germany, others who relocated to the U.S.The contingent of German reporters spent most of the day around Vollmer, jumping in with questions in German.Actually, its a tiny football family thats getting bigger every year, Behrenbeck said.___VOLLMERS SUPER ROUTEVollmer took an unconventional route to the Super Bowl.Born in Dusseldorf, he grew up swimming and playing basketball, and didnt start playing football until he was 14.After leading his prep school to a pair of national championships, Vollmer played in the Global Junior Championships in San Diego, where he secured a scholarship to the University of Houston.Despite knowing no English when he arrived, Vollmer adapted quickly and was drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 2009 NFL draft.Now hes making his second Super Bowl appearance.I wouldnt say it (the journey) was bizarre, but it wasnt always easy, Vollmer said. But I wouldnt trade it for anything, either.___PUPPET SHOWInternational reporters tend to be some of the wackiest at Media Day, including a Mexican TV reporter who wore a wedding dress and asked Tom Brady to marry her in 2008.This year session didnt seem to have aas many wild stunts, but there were some interesting moments involving the foreign press.dddddddddddd.One TV team from Azteca Deportes brought along a pair of bug-eyed, bucktoothed hand puppets that helped the reporter ask questions. Two men kneeled to the sides of the reporter and held the puppets up, shouting out apparently-irreverent questions — at least based on the laughter — in Spanish.The puppets did one interview with a German reporter who had fake scars on his face like a zombie and later cornered Seahawks centre Patrick Lewis.I dont know what theyre saying, Lewis said to the reporter after one of the puppets asked him a question.They want to know how big your girlfriend is, the reporter said.Big enough, the 6-foot-1, 311-pound Lewis said with a laugh.Gina Holguin, a model and reporter for a Mexican media company Televisa, danced with Seattles Richard Sherman at the end of his session.___CANADA STRONGCanada will have a pair of players to root for in the Super Bowl for the second straight season: Seahawks tight end Luke Willson and punter Jon Ryan.Willson, who grew up outside Windsor, Ontario, made his way to the NFL after playing at Rice University, where he learned a quick lesson in how big football is in the United States.It was pretty intense, especially coming from Canada, Willson said. It was a very, very different atmosphere. Football is almost like a religion down there, so it was kind of cool in that sense to have that many people care about the game of football.Ryan, of Regina, Saskatchewan, never got to experience football in America until he ended up in the NFL — with Green Bay in 2006 — by way of the CFL and the University of Regina.Growing up in Canada, I never thought Id have the opportunity to play in the NFL, said Ryan, who threw a touchdown pass on a trick play in Seattles comeback win over the Packers in the NFC Championship. Now to have been playing here for nine years, playing in my second Super Bowl is really a dream come true.The Seahawks have one other foreign-born player on its roster: Defensive lineman Jesse Williams, who was born in Brisbane, Australia. He spent the season on injured reserve after injuring his knee during fall camp.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ' ' '

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