Rising South African tennis ace Lloyd Harris marched into the second round of the French Open beating Czech player Lukas Rosol 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 at Roland Garros on Monday evening.
It is the first time Harris has made it past the first round at a Grand Slam tournament after crashing out in the first round at the 2018 US and French Open and this year’s Australian Open.
“I am really happy with the win, of course. Coming through my first Grand Slam win in five sets just makes it even more special. I was just full of energy and competing hard for every point.
“It’s a great feeling to wake up to honestly, I feel happy and relieved. At the same time, I am excited about the next round and I will make sure that I am 100% prepared for the match.”Lloyd Harris
The Capetonian reached a personal career-high 87th in the ATP world rankings earlier this month before slipping to 90th place.
The unseeded Harris had to fight his way back after conceding the middle two sets to win the final two to earn his place in the next round.
The South African will face Croatian Borna Coric, who is seeded 13th in the tournament on Wednesday.
“The win on Monday is a big highlight in my career and obviously the biggest stage I have ever won at. It will always be my first Grand Slam win, but I don’t want it to end here in this round…I am hungry for a lot of great results in Slams.”Harris
Raven Klaasen and New Zealand partner Michael Venus will open their tournament against Belgian Marius Copil and Rohan Bopanna of India on Tuesday.
South Africa’s number one player Kevin Anderson opted not to compete on clay this year to instead focus on rehabilitation of an persistent elbow injury.
He hoped to return for the grass-court season ahead of Wimbledon which starts at the beginning of July.