French Open 2018 qualifiers: India's Prajnesh Gunneswaran enters second round; Ramkumar Ramanathan bows out
India's Prajnesh Gunnesweran won his encounter while Ramkumar Ramanathan and Sumit Nagal lost their respective men's singles opening round matches at the French Open Qualifiers.
Paris: India's Prajnesh Gunneswaran won his encounter while Ramkumar Ramanathan and Sumit Nagal lost their respective men's singles opening round matches at the French Open Qualifiers.
Gunnesweran beat Italian Salvatore Caruso in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 to enter the second round in an otherwise disappointing day.
The left-handed Prajnesh (world no 183) recently broke into top-200 after winning Kunming Open Challenger in Anning, China.
However young Sumit Nagal frittered away a one-set advantage against 10th seed Slovakian Martin Klizan to lose his opening round encounter.
Nagal was up against a player, who recently enjoyed a giant-killing spree at the Barcelona Open, defeating Novak Djokovic and Feliciano Lopez. World No 117 Klizan won 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in just over two hours.
Ramkumar, who was seeded 12th lost to World No 225 Jay Clarke 3-6, 7-5, 1-6 in an hour and 51 minutes.
Yuki Bhambri has earned direct entry into the main draw after breaking into top-100.
Stefanos Tsitsipas was lambasted by the Greek government last month after he said would only get a vaccination if it became mandatory to compete in tennis tournaments.
Murray, now down at 116 in the world, lost to 158th-ranked Roman Safiullin of Russia, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.
The Romanian, who turns 30 on Monday, also reached No 1 in the rankings. She is No 14 this week.