Opening day in Paris and the field will thankfully be fuller than the decimated US Open. US Open champ Osaka however won't be playing. I'm not going to miss her act for one second. I suspect many others feel the same. . Nadal will be here and he has been indestructible. He is the greatest clay court player of all time. Djokovic I would assume would love to bounce back from his US Open disaster. A lot of the missing top European female players from the US Open will play including Simona Halep. I'll be rooting for her. But the issue is this tournament is occurring during the teeth of some big sporting events. While the NHL finals will be done by the time the French heats up the NBA finals will just be getting started. Not to mention the MLB playoffs take off this week as well. Throw in the usual heavy NFL and college football schedules and I don't think it is a stretch to suggest tennis will take a hit here. As always I'll be keeping a close eye on the young talent on the men's side to see if anyone can finally break through. I doubt it but it will be interesting to see how Dominic Thiem performs fresh off his recent US Open win, his first Grand Slam victory.