Canadian Denis Shapovalov is knocked out of the French Open.
Producer Richmond Hill, Ont., lost to Denmark’s Holger Ron 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (4) in the first round of the Grand Slam tournament.
Shapovalov was the 14th seed to enter the clay court event and Ron was unranked.
It was the first time that 23-year-old Shapovalov played the role of 19-year-old Ron, who is ranked 40 in the world.
“It was tough,” Shapovalov said. “Definitely I wasn’t able to give my best performance. It’s definitely frustrating.” “But yeah, it just shows that I have a lot to work on. And I’m excited to get back to work. I never think I’m done learning and improving. So yeah, it’s a tough moment, but I keep working.”
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Shapovalov had six aces to none for Ron in the match on Tuesday, but the youngster was dominant in nearly all of the other categories.
Ron had better winning percentages on first and second serve, earned five of his nine break points, and won 64 service points to Shapovalov’s 46.
Shapovalov made 53 non-forced fouls to Ron’s 19, and the Canadian’s six double fouls were eliminated.
Shapovalov fought back in the third set to force the tiebreak but fell back 3-1 and couldn’t recover, sending a long forehand on match point.
Ron won the French Open Junior Championships. Title in 2019
Ron, a rising star on the ATP Tour, won the BMW Open this month and was one of the semi-finalists in Lyon last week.
“That’s what you work towards every day to be able to play the biggest tournaments. Playing that kind of player like Dennis is great for me too. It’s an amazing level. I’m so happy and so happy to be in that right position to be able to do it,” Ron said. Having chances against these guys, and being able to, you know, win my first title in Munich was a huge step forward in my career. I’m really positive and I work hard every day to get better.”
Ron won the French Open Junior Championships in 2019.
He defeated Denmark’s world number 3 Alexander Zverev on the way to his first Tour title in Munich.
Three Canadians are still competing in the French Open and will see the action in the second round on Wednesday.
Bianca Andreescu, of Mississauga, Onton, will meet 14th seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and 17th seed Lilla Fernandez, and will play Czech Katerina Siniakova, while ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, also from Montreal, will meet the Argentine qualifier. Camilo Ugo Carabelli.
Medvedev advances after a comfortable victory
Daniil Medvedev got his start in winning at the French Open – which is by no means certain for the second-seeded Russian.
The US Open champion defeated Argentina’s Facundo Bagnes 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 at Susan Lenglin Court.
Medvedev reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros last year after four consecutive first-round defeats.
The Russian scored his first victory since he underwent hernia surgery nearly two months ago. He lost his opening match at the Geneva Open last week upon his return.
Medvedev reached the final of the Australian Open this year, losing to Rafael Nadal in five sets.
Fans and greats salute retired Tsonga
In tears, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga said goodbye to professional tennis on Tuesday, losing at home at the French Open.
Tsonga, 37, had earlier declared the tournament to be the last of his 18-year career and went out in a fight, giving eighth seed Kasper Ruud of Norway all he could afford in a 6-7 (6), 7-6 (4), 6-2, 7-6 (0) match.
Appreciated fans at Roland Garros cheered for Tsonga throughout the match, and at the conclusion gave a standing ovation.
He retired with 18 ATP Tour titles and approximately $22.5 million in career earnings. He reached number five in the world in February 2012, but playing in an era with four greats in history, he has never won a Grand Slam title. On his only chance, he lost to Novak Djokovic in the 2008 Australian Open final.
Due to injuries, Tsonga has played in only 16 rounds since the start of 2020.
On Tuesday, Rudd fought back tears in his court interview while speaking about Tsonga.
“You’ve been an inspiration to me and so many other guys, so thank you for the memories,” Rudd said. “[I have] Lots of good memories while watching Joe on TV. He’s a great man [and] Nice person on and off the field. It’s a good example of what a player should be.”
After the match, a ceremony was held at the court to honor Tsonga. His contemporaries – Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal – recorded messages of him playing during the ceremony.
“She accomplished a lot with a lot of highlights,” Murray said in his letter to Tsonga. “You’ve been a great ambassador for this sport. I always love watching you play and compete against you, so you will be sorely missed.”
In other matches:
Third seed Paula Padusa needed just 54 minutes to defeat Fiona Ferro, who entered the wild card, 6-2, 6-0 at Roland Garros. The 24-year-old Padusa lost just two points in the second set as she looks to continue her run to last year’s French Open quarter-finals.
American Jessica Pegola, the 11th seed, also reached the second round with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over China’s Qiang Wang.
2017 champion Jelena Ostapenko, 2018 champion Simona Halep and No. 9 Danielle Collins advanced to the second round.