Lloyd Harris. (Photograph by Paul Kane/Getty Photos)
South Africa’s top-ranked tennis participant, Lloyd Harris, opens his French Open marketing campaign on Sunday towards Australian world No 108 Alexei Popyrin.
Harris, the world No 96, has by no means met Popyrin on the ATP Tour and will probably be trying to attain the French Open second spherical for a second yr working.
The 23-year-old Capetonian is at the moment in motion at an ATP Challenger occasion in Italy the place he has reached the semi-finals.
Ought to Harris attain the second spherical on the French Open, he may face Italian seventh seed Matteo Berrettini.
South Africa’s different singles participant, world No 118 Kevin Anderson, will open his account on Sunday towards Serbian world No 72 Laslo Djere.
Anderson, a former world No 5, gained his solely earlier ATP Tour encounter towards Djere 7-6 (7/three), 7-6 (eight/6) at a hardcourt occasion in Pune, India final yr.
Anderson may face one other Serb, 22nd seeded Dusan Lajovic, within the second spherical.
Anderson’s greatest effort at Roland Garros is reaching the Spherical of 16 on 4 events – 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018.
In the meantime, South African doubles ace Raven Klaasen will play alongside Austrian accomplice Oliver Marach, with the draw but to be made.
Klaasen is ranked 14th on the ATP Tour’s doubles rankings.
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– Compiled by Herman Mostert