Grand Slam French Open: Indians in Qualifiers at Ronald Garros

French Open 2018, Roland Garros, France

French Open qualifying round started from yesterday, where only Prajnesh Gunneswaran recorded a victory. Prajnesh scored straight sets win over Italian Caruso. In both sets, Prajnesh took a break advantage and kept that winning the match. After winning the first set he broke Caruso in the 5th game to lead 3-2 and kept that advantage for winning the match.


  • Three Indians in Men’s singles played first round of qualifiers
  • Prajnesh, World Number 175,  is through to the second round after winning in straight sets
  • Ramkumar, 12th seed in Qualifiers, went down unexpectedly
  • Yuki Bhambri is already into the main draw. It will be a treat to watch 2 Indians in main draw if Prajnesh manages to qualify.


RamK started breaking Jay to lead 2-0 but afterwards Jay took a control and won six games of next seven games for winning the set. In the second set, RamK broke Jay in the 7th game, 4-3, but lost his serve in the next game, 4-all. RamK again broke Caruso in the 11th and then held his serve for taking the match into decider. But after that RamK struggled with his game and lost the final set easily.

Sumit was in control for one and half sets against in-form Klizan but after that Klizan played a very high quality tennis to win it. He simply showed why he was junior French open champion and former top-25 player. In the first set, Sumit broke Klizan in the 3rd game but failed to hold his serve in next game, 2-all. Sumit again broke Klizan in the 7th game, 4-3, this time he managed to hold this break advantage for winning the set. In the second set, Sumit broke Klizan in the 3rd game to lead 2-1 but when Sumit was 4-2 up Klizan raised his game. He won next nine games, so won the second set 4-6 and was leading 0-5. Klizan won the final set comfortably, but still it was good outing for Sumit to take positives from this match as he stretched this quality clay court specialist.


[Q1] Sumit Nagal (IND,226) Lost (10) Martin Klizan (SVK,121) 6-4, 4-6, 1-6
[Q1] (12) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,124) Lost Jay Clarke (GBR,228) 3-6, 7-5, 1-6
[Q1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,175) Beat Salvatore Caruso (ITA,229) 6-4, 6-4

Sumit Nagal (File Image)

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Fabrice-Purav scored a hard fought win over Podlipnik-Castillo and Withrow in two tie-breaks. Rohan-Edouard made a strong comeback after losing the first set. They won the second and the match tie-break comfortably. Next, they are facing Dutch-Czech pair. In the quarters, Divij and Garcia-Lopez r facing Skupski brothers.


[R1] Fabrice Martin (FRA)/ Purav Raja (IND) Beat Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI)/ Jackson Withrow (USA) 7-6(6), 7-6(5)
[R1] (2) Rohan (IND)/ Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) Beat (WC) Gregoire Barrere (FRA)/ Tristan Lamasine (FRA) 3-6, 6-1[10-5]
Who they are playing next?

[QF] Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)/ Divij Sharan (IND) Vs Ken Skupski (GBR)/ Neal Skupski (GBR)
[QF] (2) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) Vs Roman Jebavy (CZE)/ Matwe Middelkoop (NED)

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