So close yet so far: Who missed out on a French Open spot?

Marc Polmans is just one of the Aussies who will be disappointed with being out of contention at the French Open
It was a disappointing early exit for Marc Polmans and many Australians at Roland Garros. Picture: Tennis.com.au

The French Open is just days away from starting, and 10 Australians have made the cut. But there were plenty of others in contention who didn’t quite get there.

Men

Bernard Tomic: (Lost in the first round of qualifying)

One of the most controversial figures in Aussie tennis, Tomic fell at the first hurdle of qualifying, to 16-year-old Frenchman Arthur Fils.

Fils, who is ranked 1034 in the world, defeated Tomic in three sets, including two tiebreaks.

Tomic, ranked number 213 in the world, had his campaign ended in especially disappointing circumstances, with Fils coming back from a set down.

Matthew Ebden: (Lost in the first round of qualifying)

World number 229 Ebden fell at the first hurdle to Chilean Alejandro Tablio in three sets 6-4 3-6 4-6.

Tablio faced off against Spaniard Carlos Alcatraz Garfia in the third round of qualifying, losing in straight sets.

Thanasi Kokkinakis: (Lost in the first round of qualifying)

Kokkinakis was unable to continue his comeback from glandular fever at Roland Garros, going down to American Mackenzie McDonald in straight sets 4-6 4-6.

The world number 180 was defeated by the American who would go on to qualify for the main draw, defeating Greek Marco Trungelliti in the third round to secure his own berth.

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Aleksandar Vukic: (Lost in the third round of qualifying)

Vukic went down in straight sets in the final round of qualifying, despite forcing a tie break against American Bjorn Fratangelo.

The world number 208 was unable to qualify for his second consecutive French Open after last year’s berth at Roland Garros.

Vukic had won his first match in straight sets and his second in three, before falling to the American, who is now in the main draw.

Alex Bolt

Alex Bolt’s time in the qualifying stage came to an end at the hand of fellow Australian Marc Polmans. The world number 195 fell in the first round of qualifying 3-6 6-3 3-6.

Marc Polmans

Polmans defeated the youngster who dispatched Tomic in their second-round match, before falling to Bernabe Zapata Miralles in the final match of qualifying in straight sets.

Women

Priscilla Hon: (Lost in the first round of qualifying)

The young Australian fell in the first round of qualifying to American Francesca De Lorenzo.

Hon, The world number 162 was unable to return to the Slam where she achieved an equal personal best second round finish in 2019, losing in straight sets 5-7 3-6.

The American De Lorenzo would lose in the next round in straight sets.

Lizette Cabrera: (Lost in the first round of qualifying)

Cabrera fell to Chinese Xiyu Wang in straight sets 2-6 1-6.

The world number 150 bowed out in qualifying for the second time at the French Open.

Wang would go on to qualify for the main draw, winning in straight sets and three sets respectively to book her spot.

Ellen Perez: (Lost in the third round of qualifying)

Ellen Perez fell just shy of making her French Open main draw debut, losing to Belgium’s Greet Minnen in the final round of qualifying in straight sets.

Despite the loss, this result for the world number 239 represented a new personal best at Roland Garros.

Arina Rodionova: (lost in the first round of qualifying)

Arina Rodionova also failed to progress past the first round of qualifying, falling to Indian Ankita Raina in three sets, 6-3 1-6 4-6.

The Russian Australian was unable to make it back to Roland Garros, where she appeared in 2016.

Her opponent would not last much longer, falling in the next round to the Belgian Minnen.

Olivia Gadecki: (Lost in the first round of qualifying)

The wildcard qualifier, the Australian teen Olivia Gadecki was sent packing in three sets.

Despite winning the first 6-4, Gadecki was out played in the next two sets, losing heavily 0-6 1-6.

Having just reached a career high ranking of 518, at 19 years of age, she is still at the very beginning of a promising career.

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