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 atptour.com, 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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