"Best practice that you can have is a match".
Defending champion Jelena Ostapenko is out of the French Open.
Ostapenko's reign ended in the first round from an unexpected defeat by Kateryna Kozlova 7-5 6-3. The 2017 Roland Garros quarter-finalist beat Zverev and Marin Cilic on his way to the final of the Monte Carlo Masters this year.
Britain's Jo Konta, a Wimbledon semi-finalist a year ago, was beaten in straight sets by Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan.
On the women's side, the biggest star to watch will be the defending champion Jelena Ostapenko.
World number nine Venus will now turn her attention to playing the doubles tournament with her sister Serena, who is competing in a Grand Slam event for the first time since last year's Australian Open after giving birth to her daughter.
Ostapenko's eyes searched the coach's box at every opportunity, but could find no answers as she checked out early.
Williams had a whopping 35 unforced errors in the hard-fought match that lasted an hour and 40 minutes.
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"I think she just played well.", said Williams.
She was also a semifinalist on clay in Stuttgart while also beating Venus Williams in Madrid.
Venus Williams also crashed out, the seven-time grand slam victor fell to a straight-sets 6-4, 7-5 defeat at the hands of China's Wang Qiang. The 85th-ranked player was also beaten by Williams at Wimbledon a few weeks later and had never beaten her before Sunday.
Alexander Zverev rocked up at the French Open on Sunday looking like one of the ballboys with his salmon pink shirt but once he started wielding his racket, it was clear he was not there to follow orders as he thrashed Ricardas Berankis 6-1 6-1 6-2.
Kontaveit defeated Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki on her way to the semifinals in Rome last week. "I tried to do way more than I should have after the U.S. Open, and I should have just shut it down". Nishikori has been ranked as high as No. 4.
The 23-year-old was seeded 21 and was due to play compatriot Bernard Tomic in the first round. After losing her serve again, the Ukrainian finished the set with a score of 6-3. Errani had just three. I made like 50 unforced errors and so many double faults, and couldn't serve today.
Australia's Nick Kyrgios withdrew from the tournament with an elbow injury.
79-2 - Nadal's career record in the French Open.
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Afterward, Venus said she wasn't surprised at her second first round elimination in a Grand Slam in 2018.
Rus is ranked 106th and made it into the main draw in Paris as a "lucky loser".
Nobody plans on this [successive first round Slam defeats]. In this case, Victor Troicki pulled out Sunday because of an injured lower back. Not surprisingly, Dimitrov won 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (1).
Safwat was cheered off the court in a rousing ovation.
In the process, he became the first Egyptian since Tamer El Sawy at the 1996 US Open to feature in a major.
At the beginning of the second set Kozlova with the score 0:2 didn't panic and were able to quickly equalise.
That was all part of the eight-game run for Svitolina that gave her that set and a 2-0 lead in the second. Being two sets to one down is like being a set (behind) in a three-set match. She's never been past that round at any Grand Slam tournament. "We try to play our best".
"There really are no ideal days in tennis, so." the 37-year-old mused enigmatically.
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The forecast calls for showers in the afternoon.