Johannesburg, South Africa – Rising South African tennis star, Lloyd Harris, will be hoping to join fellow countrymen, Kevin Anderson and Raven Klaasen in the main draw of next week’s French Open in Paris.
South African tennis player, Lloyd Harris begins his French Open duty at Roland Garros this week.
Photo credit: Reg Caldecott
The 21-year-old Capetonian made the qualifying cut for the second Grand Slam of the year and today will play Canadian, Felix Auger-Aliassime in the opening round – in the last match on court 16.
The two have never played each other before.
Harris was expecting a challenge from the Canadian, “I have not played Felix before, but he is a really tough young player and I am looking forward to an exciting match today.”
Harris, ranked 213 this week on the ATP singles rankings, said he was very pleased to be playing in his first Grand Slam, since turning professional in 2015.
“This is what you work for, for your entire career. I am excited to compete against all the best players on the main stage.”
Harris said that he is feeling comfortable on the clay, “My preparation has been good so far on clay and the courts at Roland Garros are playing nicely. Having reached the quarter finals of the Challenger in Samarkand last week has given me confidence. Now it’s time for another big push.”
Harris has some experience of Roland Garros, having played at the venue in 2014, at the Junior French Open.