(Paris) Félix Auger-Aliassime’s route to the French Tennis Open could go through Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic… if he ever goes there.

The 22-year-old Montrealer suddenly represents a doubt in view of the second Grand Slam tournament of the season, after he withdrew on Thursday, shortly before facing the French youngster Arthur Fils in the quarter-finals of the tournament from Lyon.

At the start of the afternoon, an email sent to the Auger-Aliassime management team to find out more about the reason for this package had not been returned.

However, according to a text published on the ATP website, Auger-Aliassime withdrew from the tournament due to a right shoulder injury.

“I am very sorry that I had to withdraw from my match (tonight). For the past few days I’ve been struggling with pain in my shoulder, and I tried my best to be ready for today’s game, but in the end I didn’t feel like I would be quite competitive,” Auger-Aliassime explained in a message written on Instagram and transcribed on the ATP Tour website.

The announcement of Auger-Aliassime’s withdrawal came just hours after the unveiling of the main draws for the tournament, which kicks off in Paris on Sunday.

However, Auger-Aliassime, like his compatriot Denis Shapovalov, ended up in the same section of the table as Alcaraz, world number one, and Djokovic.

Auger-Aliassime, 10th player in the world, and Alcaraz could cross swords in the quarter-finals. The winner of this match could then take on third-seeded Djokovic in the semi-finals.

An Auger-Aliassime-Stefanos Tsitsipas clash is also possible, in the fourth round.

Auger-Aliassime is due to play his first match of the tournament against Fabio Fognini, a 35-year-old Italian ranked 130th in the world. The two players have played one career game against each other, and the Quebecer won in two sets of 6-2, 6-3, on clay, in 2019 in Rio de Janeiro.

As for Shapovalov, seeded 26, he will start the tournament against American Brandon Nakashima. If he wins his first two games, he could also find Alcaraz, and this from the third round.

Russian Daniil Medvedev is the second seed and in the semi-finals he may have to face Denmark’s Holger Rune, whom he beat in the final of the Italian Tennis Open last Sunday.

The tournament will take place in the absence of the Spaniard Rafael Nadal, still annoyed by a hip injury. Nadal has 14 career triumphs on clay at Roland-Garros and has taken part in all editions of the tournament since his very first appearance in 2005.

Among the women, the Quebecer Leylah Fernandez is in the lower section of the table, the one where the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, second player in the world, was placed. If they have to face each other, this duel will occur in the semi-finals.

Fernandez, 51st in the world, will play her first match against Poland’s Magda Linette, 21st seed.

For her part, Bianca Andreescu will have a difficult first outing against Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, 18th seed. If Andreescu manages to win her first three matches, she may very well have to battle Poland’s Iga Swiatek, world number one, in the round of 16.

Finally, Rebecca Marino will play her first match of the tournament against Russian Diana Shnaider.

Meanwhile, Spain’s Paula Badosa withdrew from the tournament on Thursday due to a spinal stress fracture suffered during the Italian Open.