Kokkinakis, Tomic and Santillan win in Paris qualifying
Three of the six Australians in action on day one of French Open qualifying make it through to round two.
Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis, Bernard Tomic and Akira Santillan are safely through to the second round of French Open qualifying in Paris.
Kokkinakis battled back to beat French teenager Jaimee Floyd Angele 1-6 6-3 6-1 in his first competitive outing since injuring his knee in an on-court fall at last month’s Madrid Masters.
“I haven’t played in a while, since I fell,” Kokkinakis told rolandgarros.com.
“I didn’t know how my knee was going to pull up after Monte Carlo. I wasn’t thinking of playing a couple of days ago so luckily I got through.
“It was tricky. I was really flat to start with. I found a way even though I didn’t play my best tennis so I’ll take it.”
After a poor 2017 and fleeting appearance on reality TV, Tomic continued his resurgence with a 7-6(4) 6-0 victory over Darian King of Barbados.
The win was Tomic’s fifth from his past six matches on clay and left the former Wimbledon quarterfinalist two victories away from a place in the Roland Garros main draw.
Fellow Australian Santillan also won his first-round qualifier, brushing aside Japan’s Go Soeda 6-2 6-2, but Marc Polmans, Alex Bolt and Jason Kubler all bowed out.
Polmans succumbed 5-7 7-6(4) 6-2) to Belarusian Uladzimir Ignatik, Bolt lost 6-2 6-4 to German Tobias Kamke and Kubler went down 6-2 7-5 to Portugal’s Goncalo Oliveira.
Tomic and Kokkinakis will continue their bids to join Nick Kyrgios, John Millman, Matt Ebden, Jordan Thompson and 19-year-old wildcard Alex de Minaur in the 128-man Open main draw on Wednesday.
Australians Olivia Rogowska, Arina Rodionova, Lizette Cabrera and Priscilla Hon all play their women’s first-round qualifying matches on Tuesday.