Roland-Garros: Arthur Fils already stops, rainy day for the French | TV5MONDE

Roland-Garros: Arthur Fils already stops, rainy day for the French | TV5MONDE
Roland-Garros: Arthur Fils already stops, rainy day for the French | TV5MONDE

At the heart of a first round disrupted by rain on Monday, the French had a gloomy start to the second day at Roland-Garros, notably with the elimination of Arthur Fils, seeded N.29, against the Italian Matteo Arnaldi 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Earlier, Hugo Gaston, Leolia Jeanjean, Jessika Ponchet and Clara Burel also fell, facing better ranked players than them.

Son had so far had a good campaign on clay, notably reaching a quarter-final at the ATP 500 tournament in Barcelona last April and a victory at the Challenger tournament in Bordeaux a few days ago.

But the Italian Matteo Arnaldi (35th) once again had the last word for their fourth confrontation. He had previously beaten him twice in Miami (2023 in qualifying and 2024) and at the US Open (2023).

Like last year, the 19-year-old Frenchman stops at the first round stage in Paris.

The meeting was disrupted by rain, which fell several times in Paris on Monday and which interrupted play while Fils was trailing a set to nothing.

He then managed to snatch the second set after being broken twice. Subsequently, the two players continued to wage a tough battle, but it was the Italian who gained the upper hand.

Waiting for Monfils

In the next round, Arnaldi will meet another Frenchman, Alexandre Muller, who came out of qualifying and who eliminated the Italian Luca Nardi the day before.

Earlier in the day, Hugo Gaston also had to wait for the rain to end to resume play against the American Ben Shelton (15th), before being eliminated 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Leolia Jeanjean and Jessika Ponchet were unable to do much against Polish No.1 and defending champion Iga Swiatek (6-1, 6-2) and Canadian Leylah Fernandez, seeded No.31 and 34th in the world (6-2, 6-0).

Finally, the French No.2, Clara Burel (44th), was eliminated in two sets 7-6 (7/3), 7-5 by the Russian Anna Kalinskaya.

While waiting for the other meetings of the day, and in particular the night which will pit Gael Monfils and the Brazilian Thiago Seyboth Wild on the Philippe-Chatrier court, the French record remains blocked for the moment at five qualified for the second round.

On Sunday, Caroline Garcia, Richard Gasquet, Corentin Moutet, Chloé Paquet and Alexandre Muller managed to join the second round.

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