The draw of the Australian Open on Thursday, rather spared the French players, with the exception of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who could find the world number 1, Novak Djokovic, in the second round, and Benoit Paire , who will play the Austrian Dominic Thiem (8th) entry. The defending champion, Roger Federer (3rd), will start his tournament against a player from qualifying. The Swiss could find in half the world number 2, Rafael Nadal, injured last week, which will start against the Australian Duckworth (238th). On the women's side, Serena Williams (16th), looking for a 24th Grand Slam title to equal Australia's Margaret Court's record, inherited a tricky draw. The American could meet Romania's Halep, world No. 1, in the round of 16, and Czech Karolina Pliskova (seventh) in the quarter-finals. The best tricolor, Caroline Garcia (19th), will start, she against a player who will be eradicated qualifications. F. S.