And just like that, the flashy Frenchman, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, is making his move -- and just at the right time.
Ana Ivanovic put too much pressure on herself after winning the 2008 French Open, but she's aiming for the top 10 again with a new coaching team and a fresh approach.
The French Open invariably fosters spoilers and floaters. So who is it going to be this year? A rejuvenated Ivan Ljubicic? Perhaps a refreshed Amelie Mauresmo?
John Isner of the United States and former French Open champion Gaston Gaudio have received wild cards for the Grand Slam event.
Former French Open champion Gaston Gaudio won his first match in nearly two years by Argentine countryman Diego Junqueira 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 at the Barcelona Open.
Former French Open champions Carlos Moya and Gaston Gaudio failed to survive the first round of the Copa Telmex on Tuesday.
Former champion Guillermo Coria, competing in his first ATP-level match since the 2006 U.S. Open, lost to Pablo Cuevas 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 Monday in the first round of the Movistar Open.
Belgium's Kristof Vliegen sent struggling Gaston Gaudio to another loss Monday, beating the 2004 French Open champion 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4 in the opening round of the Swiss Open.
Gaston Gaudio, the 2004 French Open champion, withdrew from Wimbledon on Sunday.
They know the trill of victory, they've been to the summit. But former champions like Lleyton Hewitt and Marat Safin are struggling to remain on top.
Leyton Hewitt overturned a two-set deficit to beat 2004 champion Gaston Gaudio 4-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 at the French Open on Thursday.
Andy Roddick opened his clay-court season in style, beating 2004 French Open champion Gaston Gaudio 6-1, 7-6 (8) Wednesday at the Rome Masters.
Tommy Robredo and David Nalbandian advanced to the third round of the Open Seat Godo on Tuesday, and former champions Marat Safin and Gaston Gaudio were eliminated in first-round matches.
Defending champion Luis Horna lasted just two games before retiring with an injury against fifth-seeded Gaston Gaudio in the first round on Tuesday.
Italy's Potito Starace beat fifth-seeded Gaston Gaudio of Argentina 6-4, 6-3 on Monday in the first round of the Brazil Open on Monday.
Former French Open champion Gaston Gaudio lost to fellow Argentine Carlos Berlocq 6-2, 6-2 on Tuesday at the Movistar Open round-robin tournament.