This week, a slew of Americans are in France for the Roland Garros qualifying rounds with dreams of reaching the main draw. Action began on Monday with the men's draw and six Americans are already out including Denis Kudla, J.J. Wolf, Mitchell Krueger, Brandon Nakashima, Maxime Cressey and Noah Rubin.
Here are six that Baseline think are bound for a place in next week's clay-court major:
Best French Open: Round of 16, 2016
Coming off a second-round loss at the US Open, Jack Sock has a lot to prove in the French Open. The former world No. 8 has not played the clay-court major since 2018. While his record on clay has not been great, the world No. 303 is on a mission to return to the top of the game after falling out of the rankings.
On Monday, Sock defeated Mikael Torpegaard in straight sets and will face the 24th seed Facundo Bagnis in the second round.
Best French Open: Pro debut; junior finalist, 2018
It's always special seeing a new face rise to the occasion on tour. Caty McNally has never played the French Open, but has seen recent success in majors, reaching the third round in the US Open and second round of the Australian Open. The 18-year-old's resume mostly consists of ITF and doubles titles, but she is quickly rising through the ranks and has broken into the Top 50.
Win or lose in the qualifying rounds at Roland Garros, McNally is a player to watch for seasons to come. As the No. 3 seed, she will face Pemra Ozgen on Wednesday.
Best French Open: Pro debut
A contender in the NextGen ATP Finals, Sebastion Korda is making his French Open debut. Last month, the 20-year-old reached the main draw of the US Open for the first time before losing to Denis Shapovalov in the first round. The former junior Australian Open champ has only spent a couple of years on the pro tour as he follows in his dad's footsteps.
On Monday, Korda defeated compatriot Mitchell Krueger in straight sets, and will next face Canadian Brayden Schnur on Wednesday.
Best French Open: Pro debut
Last year, Ann Li saw the biggest success of her pro career when she won her first ITF title. Now, she's fresh off a third-round run at the US Open and the 20-year-old has a chance to compete in the main draw of the French Open. As the No. 1 seed, Li will face Indy de Vroome on Tuesday.
Best French Open: First round, 2019
Compared to the other players on this list, Klahn is a veteran. Turning pro in 2012, the 30-year-old American broke into the Top 70 back in 2014 and reached the second round of the US Open last year. Now ranked No. 133, his most recent French Open appearance was making it to the main draw in 2019 before losing to Alex de Minaur.
In the qualifiers, the No. 22 seed will take on Roman Safiullin on Tuesday.
Francesca Di Lorenzo
Best French Open: Qualifying second round, 2017 and '19
Lorenzo was a standout at Ohio State University, winning the NCAA Women's Doubles Championship. With multiple ITF titles under her belt and two main draw appearances at the US Open, the 23-year-old is slowly becoming a full-fledged powerhouse that may give be a surprise dark horse in the qualifying rounds of Roland Garros.
The No. 10 seed will Marina Melnikova in the first round on Tuesday.