Bernard Tomic’s French Open hopes ended by 16-year-old in qualifying


Bernard Tomic’s French Open marketing campaign is over with the Australian crushed within the first spherical of qualifying by 16-year-old Arthur Fils. Native wildcard Fils created the headlines on a rain-interrupted day at Roland Garros as he fought again from a set down so defeat the seasoned Tomic 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-1), 6-3.

World No 213 Tomic, amongst 12 Australians trying to earn a spot within the second grand slam of 2021, was probably the most high-profile gamers to be ousted on Monday. The mercurial 28-year-old was unable to match his efforts of February when he certified for the Australian Open earlier than going out within the second spherical.

On Monday in Paris, Tomic battled onerous however gifted teen Fils – the 2020 Orange Bowl champion who’s ranked 1,034th – prevailed in a match that lasted two hours and 12 minutes.

“I feel clay is my favorite floor. I like it as a result of it offers me time and I can play extra with my forehand,” Fils instructed “Each match is a struggle and I like it. I feel I solely misplaced two matches on clay in juniors.”

Fils will subsequent meet one other Australian, Marc Polmans, who accounted for his countryman Alex Bolt 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. World No 208 Aleksandar Vukic superior to the second spherical with a 6-3, 6-1 thumping of Portuguese Frederico Ferreira Silva.

Thanasi Kokkinakis, recent from his Challenger tour triumph in Italy, will step up his burgeoning comeback with a troublesome opener on Tuesday in opposition to American Mackenzie McDonald whereas Matt Ebden will even be in motion.

Arina Rodionova, who loved her greatest grand slam efficiency at Roland Garros when reaching the third spherical six years in the past, crashed out to India’s Ankita Raina 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. Ellen Perez overcame an opponent ranked greater than 100 locations above her in Russian Vitalia Diatchenko 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 7-5.


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