It was a sad day for the local fans. In the first round of the ATP 250 Championships in Lyon, three of the best French tennis players of recent years – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon and Lucas Puel – belonged to the “Joccer generation”.

Marcin Mutica

Jo-Wilfried Tsung

Getty Images / Justin Setterfield / Pictured: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

With the upcoming Roland Garros, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the former fifth international singer, will end his professional career. The 37-year-old from Le Mans on Monday bid farewell to the fans at the ATP tournament in Lyon. In the first round match, the Frenchman lost 4: 6, 4: 6 with Alex Mulcan.

– I’m so glad I won. It was a pleasure playing with Joe. It’s a legend and I’m glad I was able to face it – said Mulkan, citing, who recently started collaborating with Novak Djokovic’s former coach, Marian Vajda.

In the second round, Mulcan will play Karen Chaczano. seeded number five, Muscovite beat another 37-year-old French veteran, Gilles Simon, 6-1 6-4.

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French fans were also saddened by the defeat of Lucas Pouille. The 28-year-old from Grande-Synthe, who was in the top 10 in tennis, scored just four matches against Oscar Otti. He will face Germany’s Sebastian Baez in the 1/8 finals. The Argentine scored “seven” three matches for his compatriot Thomas Martin Echeveri, a player from the preliminary round.

Ugo Humbert’s victory was a nice touch for the local crowd. The Frenchman defeated 6:3, 6:4 by fellow qualifier Grégoire Barriere, and his next challenger would be Alex de Minaur, the “four” championship.

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Pedro Martinez, who unexpectedly lost to Yusuke Watanuki, was eliminated. The Japanese will fight the “lucky loser” by eliminating Sunwoo Kwon in the 1/8 finals. The heart of the Korean match against Jazz with two hands.

Open Parc Auvergne – Rhone – Alpes Lyon, Lyon (France)
ATP 250, clay courts, total prize money 534.5 thousand. euro
Sunday 15 May

Individual first round:

Karen Khachanou (5) – Gilles Simon (France) 6-1, 6-4
Sebastian Baez (Argentina, 7) beat Tomas Martin Echevery (Argentina, Q) 6-2 6-1.
Yusuke Watanuki (Japan, L.P.) Pedro Martinez (Spain, 8) beat 6-7 (2) 6-4 6-2
Soon Wu Kun (South Korea) beat Jazz Biden (SLR) 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-0.
Ugo Humbert (France) – Grégoire Barrier (France) 6-3 6-4
Oscar Otti (Germany) beat Lucas Pouille (France) 6-3, 6-1
Alex Mulkan (Slovakia) – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) 6:4, 6:4

a lot for free: Cameron Norrie (UK, 1); Pablo Carreno (Spain, 2); Gael Monfils (France, 3); Alex de Minaur (Australia, 4 years old)

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