Aussies ready as Roland Garros qualifying begins
Five Australian men are competing in Roland Garros qualifying, with four set to start their campaigns on Monday.
Four Australian men begin their quest to earn a Roland Garros main draw spot on Monday, with Thanasi Kokkinakis, Jason Kubler, Marc Polmans and James Duckworth all featuring in first-round men’s singles qualifying matches.
Kokkinakis, who made the Roland Garros third round as a teenager in 2015, begins his qualifying campaign against Czech No.19 seed Lukas Rosol.
The No.180-ranked Kokkinakis boasts a winning record against the former world No.26 – defeating Rosol in five sets in a Davis Cup rubber in 2015.
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James Duckworth meets Ukrainian sixth seed Sergiy Stakhovsky in the opening round. The 33-year-old Stakhovsky is a former world No.31, who famously upset Roger Federer in the Wimbledon second round in 2013.
Jason Kubler also faces a seeded player – Indian Ramkumar Ramanathan. It is a first career meeting between the No.171-ranked Kubler and No.28 seed Ramanathan.
No.190-ranked Marc Polmans has drawn No.200-ranked Italian Gianluigi Quinzi, a former world No.1 junior.
Alex Bolt will also contest qualifying, but is not scheduled to play his first match until Tuesday. The No.18-seeded Bolt will face Spaniard Adrian Menendez-Maceiras.
The women’s qualifying tournament begins on Tuesday.
Aussies in action – Roland Garros qualifying, day one
Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) v  Lukas Rosol (CZE) – Court 7, 10am (6pm AEST)
Jason Kubler (AUS) v  Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) – Court 15, 10am (6pm AEST)
Marc Polmans (AUS) v Gianluigi Quinzi (ITA) – Court 15, second match
James Duckworth (AUS) v  Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) – Court 12, third match