On Tuesday, several French men and women already had their feet in the grass. In Stuttgart, in a duel of friends, Arthur Rinderknech (60th) left Ugo Humbert (48th) to his heavy questions and his three small victories only on the main ATP circuit (excluding the ATP Cup) since the start of the year. In a very tight match, Rinderknech took out Messin in three sets (4-6, 7-6 6-4), saving a break point at 3-3 in the last set, before winning Humbert’s serve and the match on a shutout at 5-4.
Still in Germany, the Australian, Nick Kyrgios (78th in the world), no longer appeared on the Tour since his semi-final in Houston two months ago, found the game and the victory against the Czech Jiri Lehecka (7-6 , 6-3). On the grass, his favorite surface, he has lost none of his showmanship, with a match point served as a tweener and with a spoon!
At ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands, Gilles Simon managed to get out of qualifying, eliminating in three days, following the vagaries of the weather, the German Julian Lenz (4-6, 6-3, 6 -2). Three hours later, the Niçois was back on the court again, to challenge Australian James Duckworth, his first-round opponent in the main draw. But the game had to be interrupted at 2-2 in the first set due to an impassable court. Adrian Mannarino went all the way, dominating in two tie-breaks and 17 aces, Andreas Seppi (7-6 7-6 ).
In the same place, Harmony Tan yielded in three sets against the No. 4 seed of the women’s tournament, the Slovenian Tamara Zidansek (1-6, 6-2, 6-4), while Léolia Jeanjean, the beautiful French surprise at Roland-Garros, was dominated by the recent Porte d’Auteuil quarter-finalist, Veronika Kudermetova (6-2, 6-3).