According to French outlet L’Equipe, there will be no special treatment in favor of the seven-time champion of Roland Garros. Rafael Nadal will no longer be seeded No.1 and will therefore not be able to avoid a possible encounter with Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals.
Roland Garros Tournament Director, Gilbert Ysern, has confirmed that Rafael Nadal will not be offered a higher seeding. Dropping down to world No. 5 after months of absence due to a sore knee, the Spaniard will likely be the fourth or fifth seed there.
The owner of the tournament and his team had considered giving the seven-time champion the No. 1 seed as a token of appreciation.