Atmane Bows Out After Epic Five-Set Battle at Roland Garros

Paris France –  For his very first match in the main draw of Roland Garros at the age of 22, Frenchman Terence Atmane (120th player in the world) was overthrown by Austrian Sebastian Ofner (45th) in five sets (3-6, 4-6, 7-6 [2], 6-2, 7-5), this Sunday, May 26.

Opposed to the Austrian Sebastian Ofner (45th) for his entry into contention at Roland Garros, Terence Atmane experienced a cruel scenario, beaten in five sets (3-6, 4-6, 7-6 [2], 6- 2, 7-5). At 22, the 120th player in the world was very close to signing his first Grand Slam victory, for his very first match in the main draw at Porte d’Auteuil. Winner of the first two sets then joined at two sets everywhere, the young Frenchman fell in the decisive set against the 2023 eighth finalist after 3 hours 35 minutes of play, in the warm atmosphere of court no. 12.

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Atmane close to disqualification
The Boulonnais did not ride out his good week at the Masters 1000 in Rome at the beginning of May: after qualifying, he reached the third round, before being beaten by Grigor Dimitrov (7-6 [3], 6- 3). Atmane also won a set against Russian Daniil Medvedev, then world No. 3, in the first round of the Australian Open in January, before dropping out due to cramps (5-7, 6-2, 6- 4, 1-0).

The Habs could even have left the door earlier. He gave himself a little scare in the fourth set. Angered by the announcement that one of his shots was missing, Atmane involuntarily hit a spectator by hitting a ball towards the audience, in a fit of anger. Threatened with disqualification, the Frenchman received a simple warning.

In the second round of the French Open, Sebastian Ofner will meet a South American: the Argentinian Sebastian Baez (20th) or the Brazilian Gustavo Heide (174th). The identity of this opponent will be known Monday, midday.

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