Ferro at the appointment, Rouvroy’s sentiment, Couacaud too honest… What to remember from the first day of qualifying

Of the 13 Frenchmen engaged during the first day, five passed on Monday, as well as several seeds.

While the main draw doesn’t officially start until next Sunday, Roland-Garros has already begun for many players during the qualifiers, which began on Monday 22 May. Thirteen Frenchmen, as well as several names from world tennis, rushed to try and pass the three rounds necessary for access to the main draw, which only Geoffrey Blancaneaux had managed last year among the French. And it was a mixed first day for the Italian contingent.

Added and Gueymard-Wayenburg in the 2nd round, not Couacaud

Among the men, five tricolors engaged on Monday, and two managed to overcome the obstacle. Recipient of an invitation (wild card), 24-year-old Frenchman Dan Added, 254th in the world, was the day’s first qualifier by eliminating Maximilian Marterer, 144th in the world, in straight sets (6-4, 6-4). He was followed by Sascha Gueymard-Wayenburg, 392nd in the world, who put in a real performance by eliminating Denis Kudla, 139th in the world, who had reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon in 2015 (6-4, 6-3).

For Enzo Couacaud it is already over. The 156th in the world, who had spent a round at Roland-Garros in 2021, failed to overthrow the Austrian (3-6, 7-6, 6-2). Same sentence for Titouan Droguet. The 21-year-old (276th in the world) broke the tie-break against Andrea Vavassori, 148th in the ATP (6-3, 7-6). At the end of the day, Parisian Antoine Ghibaudo, 725th in the world, didn’t go far in the third set against Slovakian Norbert Gombos (6-7, 6-3, 6-1).

Ferro scrapes but passes, first for Radovanovic

In the women’s draw, one of eight French women entered on Monday was already guaranteed to be in the second round as Nina Radovanovic (565th) and Lois Boisson (485th) faced each other. It is the first, victorious in three sets of the compatriot (1-6, 6-2, 7-5) that there will be. She will be accompanied by the return of Fiona Ferro. Falling to 462nd in the world, the Frenchwoman is out of the clutches of 173rd in the world Jessica Bouzas Maneiro (6-3, 1-6, 6-1). She will be looking to make a Grand Slam final table for the first time in a year.

It was a station wagon story.  Then Fiona Ferro broke her service game to take a 4-3 lead.  The Frenchwoman, No. 462 in the standings, then launches herself to blow the 1st round (6-3) from the Spanish, 173rd in the world.

The other players already stop here: the young Emma Lene (23 years old, 396th in the world) had to give up after three hours of play against the German Noma Noha Akugue (219th in the world) in three sets (7-5, 4-6 , 6-4). Gear too high also for Audrey Albie (243rd in the world) against the No. 3 seed Arantxa Rus (113th), swept away in two sets 6-2, 6-3, just like for the very young Daphnée Mpetshi Perricard, 14 years old . Giovanni’s sister (19, 233rd in the world) succumbed to 216th in the world Kristina Dmitruk (6-1, 6-3). It also ends for Carole Monnet, 197th in the world, beaten by the Swiss Simona Waltert, 127th in the world, in two sets (6-1, 6-3).

Margaux Rouvroy impresses against Sofia Kenin

At just 19, Margaux Rouvroy will remember her first match at Roland-Garros. Beneficiary of an invitation to qualifying, the 278th world championship had inherited a very difficult draw with Sofia Kenin, former world No. 4 and finalist at Roland-Garros in 2020. Even dropping to 120th place in the world, the American remained the big favorite against the French. Yet it was she who often foiled on the important points of the match, to finally bow in two sets 6-4, 6-3.

First big surprise in these qualifiers with Margaux Rouvroy qualifying for the second round.  The Frenchwoman won her first match of the tournament against former Roland-Garros finalist Sofia Kenin in straight sets (6-4, 6-3).

The 24-year-old American, winner of the Grand Slam at the Australian Open in 2020, made many mistakes during 1h39 of play, offering a lot of ammunition to the French (46 unforced errors to 13), who grabbed her, unmarking her opponent six times . Even after the physio intervened at 4-3 for Kenin in the third set, Rouvroy never relaxed, and she offered herself a second round on her first match point, blowing up No. 14 court.

This applies to Osorio, Cerundolo and Maroszan

In addition to the French, several names from the main circuit also have to fight to reach the main draw. The clamor of the last Masters 1000 in Rome, Fabian Marozsan (115th in the world), who had knocked down world number 2 Carlos Alcaraz, went in straight sets (6-3, 6-4) against the Australian Li Tu (246th ). It also applies to Francesco Cerundolo (104th), quarterfinalist in Rome, against Zachary Svajda (7-6, 6-3), as well as to the No. 1 seed in the women’s category, Camila Osorio (84th in the world) , against Raluka Serban (6-4, 6-3).

No difficulty for Fabian Marozsan in the first qualifying round of Roland-Garros.  The Hungarian beats the Australian Li Tu in 2 sets (6-3, 6-4) in 1h15 of play.

Instead, it is already over for three names accustomed to the first rounds of the Slams: the veteran Pablo Cuevas, eliminated by the only major Juncheng Shang (6-3, 6-4), the former world No. 15 Nikoloz Basilashvili, dropped to 217th place and dryly beaten by the Italian Giulio Zeppieri (6-4, 6-1), and by the former 23rd in the world Damir Dzumhur, who broke through against the Croatian Borna Gojo, 103rd in the world (6-0.4-6.6 -4).

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