Bring on the French Open

The preliminaries are virtually over and the principle recreation is about to start out.

It was an impressive effort by Jason Kubler, who fought his means via the qualifying match with three decisive wins, together with a straight set demolition of Pedro Sousa within the third spherical.

Sousa, from Portagul, is a former top-100 participant and was liable for Max Purcell’s early exit from the qualifiers. The truth that Sousa virtually made it via provides some credence to Purcell’s type and present world rating.

Equally with our seeded qualifier, Aleksandar Vukic, who was overwhelmed by Austrian Sebastian Ofner, as soon as ranked 126 on the planet, who made it via to the principle draw.

Kubler’s win implies that Australia has seven most important draw contestants within the males’s singles to – hopefully – observe the progress of. While a win by an Aussie seems unlikely, given a very good draw and the required quantity of luck, we could also be taking a look at no less than one participant within the Spherical of 32.

Speaking about “the luck of the draw”, it definitely was not with Jordan Thompson, one among our present gamers enjoying effectively and with third or fourth spherical outcomes on the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open over the previous three years.

In truth, while he has made the second spherical thrice on the Australian Open, he has by no means progressed any additional, making it his least profitable grand slam.

At Roland Garros, Thompson has drawn No.1 seed Rafael Nadal first up so has the very best mountain of all of the Aussies to climb.

Distinction that with the draw of our one seeded participant, Alex de Minaur. Seeded just one place decrease than our two seeds within the qualifiers, De Minaur performs Frenchman Hugo Gaston, who’s enjoying his finest tennis for the time being and might be a problem, but when he can overcome the Frenchman and the house crowd, Demon will play a qualifier within the second spherical.

Alex de Minaur plays a backhand.

Alex de Minaur performs a backhand in his fourth spherical Australian Open match in opposition to Jannik Sinner. (Photograph by Quinn Rooney/Getty Photos)

Australia’s wild card recipient, Chris O’Connell, could have his palms full with Slovenian Aljaz Bedene, 5 years his senior and with a former world rating of 43. Bedene has a powerful file of performances over the previous 9 years in all the grand slam occasions, together with two third spherical performances at Roland Garros, whereas O’Connell has just one first spherical efficiency on the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open (and 4 Australian Opens with just one 2nd spherical efficiency).

Alexei Popyrin is one other spectacular younger Australian who has achieved good ends in all 4 slams lately, however he’ll should be in his finest type to counteract Fabio Fognini, the world quantity 52. Though now aged 34, the Italian from San Remo has been a quarter-finalist right here earlier than and likewise has two forth spherical outcomes.

John Millman, who in 5 makes an attempt has by no means superior previous the primary spherical, has additionally drawn a seeded participant in Sebastian Korda, the son of Petr Korda, who in contrast to his sisters Jessica and Nelly, selected tennis as his profession and is ranked 27 at Roland Garros.

One participant it’s thrilling to see again to his finest type after a merciless run of accidents is Thanasi Kokkinakis, who will line up in opposition to Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain, however issues don’t get any simpler, because the winner is prone to meet the sixth seed, 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz from Spain within the second spherical.

James Duckworth will tackle 23-year-old Swede Mikael Ymer who, after three good ends in the primary three slams final 12 months, has trailed off a bit within the US and Australian Opens.

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