Bernard Tomic’s horror run at the French Open has continued after losing his opening round clash on day one at Roland Garros.
The Gold Coast product put on a competitive performance against Dominic Thiem in the opening set but still went down 6-4 before going on to lose the next two sets 6-0, 6-2.
It was also going to be a tough task for Tomic, with sixth-seed Thiem among the favourites to knock down Rafael Nadal in his quest for a 10th title.
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Australian Alex Di Minaur also lost his debut clash at Roland Garos but was but still smiling at the end of the day.
The 18-year-old went down to veteran Dutchman Robin Haase 6-2 6-3 6-1.
“It’s just a great feeling. This is what you start playing tennis for,” Di Minaur said.
“As a little kid, you just aspire to be playing these tournaments against these players and it’s an unbelievable feeling playing these tournaments.
“At the moment, my goal to is to just keep playing these tournaments and keep playing these guys and my level will get up and hopefully I’ll win more matches.
There was a shock upset in the women’s draw with world no.1 Angelique Kerber eliminated by 40th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova 6-2 6-2.
The German becomes the first top seeded woman to lose in the opening round of the tournament since the sport turned professional in 1968.
While Venus Williams eased into the second round with a straight sets victory over Qiang Wang of China.
Petra Kvitova also won her opening round clash as she returns to the competitive circuit after suffering serious injuries to her hand after being attacked with a knife by an intruder in her own home.