Roger Federer played his first game since 2015 at Roland Garros and had no problem reaching the second round of the French Open.
On the opening day of the clay court event, the 20-year-old Grand Slam winner defeated French Open debut Lorenzo Sonego 6: 2, 6: 4, 6: 4.
Federer missed the 2016 French Open because of one Back injury and left the event in 2017 and 2018 to focus on Wimbledon. He won the title in Paris 10 years ago to finish a career as a Grand Slam player.
"I missed you, thank you for the welcome," said Federer after completing his play to the onlookers. "In the beginning I was pretty tense."
In other news, the organizers of the French Open said American player Sam Querrey had withdrawn from the tournament. Querrey, who was expected to play in the first round against the Spanish qualifier Pedro Martinez, was replaced in the main draw by the lucky loser Henri Laaksonen from Switzerland. The 62nd Querrey, a Wimbledon semifinalist in 2017, cited a stomach problem as the reason for his resignation. The organizers said the number 25 player has pain in the left abduction muscle and will be replaced in the peloton by Spanish lucky loser Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Auger-Aliassime finished 28th in his career and reached the final of the Lyon Open this week.
Marin Cilic from Croatia defeated the Italian Thomas Fabbiano on Sunday with 6: 3, 7: 7, 5, 6-1.
One year after Novak Djokovic made a stunning run in the semi-finals, Marco Cecchinato retired after the first round. The French joker Nicolas Mahut returned from two sets and won with 2: 6, 6: 7 (6), 6: 4, 6: 2, 6: 4 against the Italian with the 16th seed.
It was the first time Men's play in the new place Simonne Mathieu and Mahut seemed to benefit from the support of the home fans.
This report uses information from The Associated Press.