On Court 19, Seppi has taken the second set against Korda – they’re 1-1 now – while Rakhimova has seen off Rogers and meets Tomljanovic or Sakkari next. Talking of whom, Sakkari has just broken back with Tomljanovic serving to level the match at one set all. On the show courts, Sinner and Azarenka have consolidated their breaks.
Meanwhile, on Lenglen, Azarenka has taken advantage of the break – she lives in Florida you know – and breaks Kovinic off the bat to lead 3-2.
Sinner sees Goffin coming towards the net and sweeps a pass into the corner, them clambers into a second serve before a pair of booming forehands set up three overheads in a row, the third of them despatched. Sinner now leads 7-5 2-0.
I was looking forward to watching that match, but now I hope we stick with Sinner-Goffin.
Good stuff: Azarenka and Kovinic are back on Lenglen and getting warmer.
Serving at 7-5 40-30, Sinner drops short and Goffin pounces, but it doesn’t matter; a thunderous forehand and a serve out wide quickly resolve the deuce.
Elsewhere, Bouzkova has taken the first set against Kanepi, 6-4; Tomljanovic is on the board against Sakkari, 3-3 in set two after losing set one 0-6; Azarenka and Kovinic are still off, likewise Gasparyan and Mertens , who departed at 1-1; Alexandrova leads Inglis 6-3 0-1 (with a break).
Again, Sinner pushes Goffin, getting to deuce as he serves for a tiebreak and directing his man all about the court before anticipating a forehand and flicking the wrist to send a winner spinning cross-court; set point. And when Goffin goes lonf and wide with a backhand down the line, that’s the set!
More women’s set action: Sharma leads Blinkova 6-3 and Bonzi leads Ruusuvuori 6-2 2-1 with a break.
We’re getting to the business end on Chatrier, with Goffin serving at 4-5. Sinner gets to 30, but Goffin sorts things from there. Still no apparent activity on Lenglen; Azarenka lives Florida you know.
Bay-gel or bye-gel? A question that has taxed Talmudic scholars for generations. But the correct answer is bay-gel.
A thunking backhand down the line gives Goffin the immediate break back; he and Sinner are now 4-3. Still nothing doing on Lenglen, but elsewhere, Sebastian Korda has take the first set 6-2 against Andrea Seppi and Kamilla Rakhimova has done likewise against .Shelby Rogers. Sakkari, meanwhile, has bageled Tomljanovic.
Sinner anticipates Goffin going to his forehand corner, running the ball down and flinging a winner cross-court. He moves beautifully – Dominic Thiem may soon have a rival as the best on tour – and is now a break up, leading 4-2.
A promise is a promise. Here’s Aza’s rig.
4-0 Sakkari now, which is to say they’re still playing on Court 14.
Elsewhere, Maria Sakarri is 3-0 up against Alja Tomljanovic.
Jannik Sinner, incidentally, is a colossal talent. He’s only 19, and was far too good for age-group tennis, so here he is.
So off we go to Chatrier where there are lights and a roof; Sinner leads Goffin 3-2, on serve.
In a tremendous turn-up for the books, the players are not enjoying the extremely unpleasant weather conditions to which they’re almost entirely unaccustomed. Sat under an umbrella, Azarenka calls over a supervisor – she’s told they’re waiting to see if the drizzle stops, and she says she’s not doing that outside. “It’s eight degress, I live in Florida”, she informs. “Do you want to wait outside?” she asks Kovinic. “No”, her opponent responds candidly, so off they go at their own behest. It’s 2-1 Azarenka on serve.
We’re on serve everywhere at the moment; the game we’re watching on telly, Azarenka-Kovinic, is 1-1, Aza serving first.
The weather isn’t expected to stray far from the minging over the competition, but I guess it’s giving us some leisurewear we might not otherwise have got. I shall endeavour to locate a photo of Azarenka’s tracky top, which she’s still wearing as we start, which looks like it’s come straight out of 1992.
Court Philippe Chatrier
11:00: Jannik Sinner (Ita) v (11) David Goffin (Bel), (1) Simona Halep (Rom) v Sara Sorribes Tormo (Spa), (17) Anett Kontaveit (Est) v Caroline Garcia (Fra), (16) Stan Wawrinka (Swi) v Andy Murray (GBR)
Court Suzanne Lenglen
11:00: (10) Victoria Azarenka (Blr) v Danka Kovinic (Mne), Jurij Rodionov (Aut) v Jeremy Chardy (Fra), (9) Johanna Konta (GBR) v Cori Gauff (USA), (6) Alexander Zverev (Ger) v Dennis Novak (Aut)
Court Simonne Mathieu
11:00: Margarita Gasparyan (Rus) v (16) Elise Mertens (Bel), Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Svk) v Venus Williams (USA), (23) Benoit Paire (Fra) v Soon Woo Kwon (Kor), Miomir Kecmanovic (Ser) v (12) Diego Schwartzman (Arg)
11:00: Marie Bouzkova (Cze) v Kaia Kanepi (Est), Elliot Benchetrit (Fra) v (21) John Isner (USA), (24) Borna Coric (Cro) v Norbert Gombos (Svk), Anna Kalinskaya (Rus) v Eugenie Bouchard (Can)
11:00: Sebastian Korda (USA) v Andreas Seppi (Ita), Marco Cecchinato (Ita) v (25) Alex De Minaur (Aus), Camila Giorgi (Ita) v Martina Trevisan (Ita), Greet Minnen (Bel) v Nadia Podoroska (Arg)
11:00: Anna Blinkova (Rus) v Astra Sharma (Aus), Pablo Andujar (Spa) v Stefano Travaglia (Ita), Jordan Thompson (Aus) v Radu Albot (Mol)
11:00: Kamilla Rakhimova (Rus) v Shelby Rogers (USA), Tomas Machac (Cze) v (27) Taylor Harry Fritz (USA), Irina-Camelia Begu (Rom) v Jil Belen Teichmann (Swi), Nina Stojanovic (Ser) v Barbora Krejcikova (Cze)
11:00: Maddison Inglis (Aus) v (27) Ekaterina Alexandrova (Rus), Federico Coria (Arg) v Jason Jung (Tpe), Federico Delbonis (Arg) v Juan Ignacio Londero (Arg), (24) Dayana Yastremska (Ukr) v Daria Gavrilova (Aus)
11:00: Benjamin Bonzi (Fra) v Emil Ruusuvuori (Fin), Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Blr) v Anna-Lena Friedsam (Ger), Dominik Koepfer (Ger) v Antoine Hoang (Fra), Kirsten Flipkens (Bel) v (23) Yulia Putintseva (Kaz)
11:00: Ajla Tomljanovic (Aus) v (20) Maria Sakkari (Gre), (32) Dan Evans (GBR) v Kei Nishikori (Jpn), (32) Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Cze) v Varvara Lepchenko (USA), Corentin Moutet (Fra) v Lorenzo Giustino (Ita)
It’s a bit rainy out there – I fear that may be said a lot over the next couple of weeks – but we’re getting ready to go.
Opening up on Chatrier, we’ve got Sinner v Goffin , while on Lenglen, we’ve got Azarenka  v Kovinic. I wonder how she’s getting on after losing the US Open final from a set and a break up; on the one hand, what a brilliant fortnight she had, but on the other…
Morning all! This is a bit strange isn’t it? Strange in an awful way, but also strange in an it’s the end of September and we’re about to absorb ourselves into the maelstrom of a major magnificent way. Joy and love where you find them, mes amis.
Today we have for you – amongst other things – Johanna Konta v Coco Gauff and Stan Wawrinka v Andy Muarry, Dan Evans v Kei Nishikori – oh yes! – with Jannik Sinner, Simona Halep, Victoria Azarenka, Alex Zverev, Venus Williams, Elise Mertens, Benoît Paire and Venus Williams also in action. Mais oui!
Play: 11am local, 10am BST