It was an unhappy day two for Australia at Roland Garros, with a quartet of Aussies bowing out – most notably with Jordan Thompson losing his opening round match in four sets to Spain’s Jaume Munar.
The 27-year-old took the first set in a tie-breaker before being blown off the court in the second, and eventually losing in four.
The world number 64, who reached the fourth round at the US Open last year, couldn’t capitalise on several decent opportunities in the second tie-breaker of the match in the third set, before a solitary break of serve in the fourth was enough to seal his fate.
The 27-year-old departed just hours after John Millman was forced to withdraw right before his first-round matchup, citing a back injury.
Qualifier Storm Sanders lost her match against highly-rated Belgian Elise Mertens, and Sydney wildcard Chris O’Connell battled back from two sets down against American Tommy Paul before losing the decider 10-8.
Day three will hopefully be better for the down under contingent, with Ash Barty, Alex De Minaur, Alexei Popyrin, Astra Sharma, and James Duckworth all in action.