Win on Day 1 of qualifying in Paris
Ashley Marshall | May 20, 2019
A pair of American men advanced to the second round of the French Open Qualifying Tournament on Day 1 in Paris.
Marcos Giron needed just 39 minutes to beat fellow American Donald Young, 6-0, 6-1, while No. 20 seed Bjorn Fratangelo rallied from a set down to outlast Evgeny Donskoy of Russia, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6.
Giron’s reward is a second-round match against world No. 138 Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic, while Fratangelo will now play Elliot Benchetrit of France, with the winner of that match slated to potentially meet third-seeded Pablo Lorenzi of Italy for a spot in the main draw.
The wins for former NCAA singles champ Giron and world No. 137 Fratangelo bookended an up-and-down day for Team USA in the French capital, with Americans going 2-5 overall.
While 25-year-old Giron’s win was as comprehensive and straight forward as the scoreline suggests—he won three-quarters of the points on Young’s serve and never faced a break point on his own—Fratangelo was made to work considerably harder for his victory.ADVERTISEMENT
Neither Fratangelo (pictured above) nor Donskoy played a particularly clean match, with the American logging 31 winners to 47 miscues and his opponent recording 32 winners to 51 unforced errors. But it was Fratangelo who steadied his never the best at the business end of the middle set before holding his nerve again in Set 3.
After losing the opening set, Fratangelo was always chasing the match, especially with the Russian serving first in the second stanza. The American, who won the French Open boys’ title in 2011, saved three break points at 0-1 before capitalizing on his first opportunity on the Donskoy serve to go ahead 5-4.
Donskoy squandered two more break points in the very next game before Fratangelo served it out on his third set point.
After a combined three breaks in the first two sets, there were four breaks in the decider alone. Donskoy led 3-1 and 5-3 and was two points from advancing to the second round on four different occasions.
Pittsburgh native Fratangelo forced a tiebreak and raced out to a 6-3 lead on the strength of winning four of the five points on Donskoy’s serve. With the ball on his strings, Fratangelo converted his first match point to move on to Round 2.
Elsewhere on Day 1 of qualifying, Michael Mmoh lost to Corentin Denolly, 6-1, 6-4, Noah Rubin fell to Mikael Torpegaard, 6-2, 6-2, and Mitchell Krueger lost to German lefty Dominik Koepfer, 7-5, 6-1. Tim Smyczek dropped a 6-1, 6-4 decision to 12th-seeded Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.
On Tuesday, top qualifying seed Tennys Sandgren plays Yosuke Watanuki of Japan, No. 9 seed Ryan Harrison faces Adam Pavlasek of the Czech Republic and Chris Eubanks plays No. 26 seed Pedro Martinez of Spain.
Day 2 also sees the start of the women’s qualifying tournament, which features a total of 12 U.S. players, including top-seeded Bernarda Pera and reigning French Open girls’ champion Coco Gauff.
Former junior world No. 1 Whitney Osuigwe starts her bid for a spot in the 128-player main-draw field against French Wild Card Myrtille Georges, while Gauff plays Ankita Raina.
Claire Liu squares off against fellow American and No. 23 seed Sachia Vickery, Kristie Ahn faces Aliona Bolsova of Spain and Allie Kiick plays Oceane Dodin of France. Pera plays French Wild Card Alize Lim while No. 18 seed Varvara Lepchenko begins her journey against Anna Kalinskaya of Russia.