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Arthur Fils, pictured at Roland Garros in 2020, took out Bernard Tomic Monday in the first round of men's qualifying.

16 Y.O. Fils Upsets Tomic In RG Qualies

French wild cards Guinard and Fils advance

Sixteen-year-old French wild card Arthur Fils created the headline on a rain-interruped Day 1 of qualifying at Roland Garros Monday when he rallied from a set down to defeat seasoned Australian Bernard Tomic 6-7(5), 7-6(1), 6-3 in Paris. Fils, the 2020 Orange Bowl champion who is 1,034th in the FedEx ATP Rankings, has an ITF Junior Ranking of 18.

“I think clay is my favourite surface. I love it because it gives me time and I can play more with my forehand,” Fils told RolandGarros.com. “Every match is a fight and I love it. I think I only lost two matches on clay in juniors."

Fils will next meet another Australian, Marc Polmans.

Andrey Kuznetsov pulled off another big upset on Day 1 by taking out qualifying top seed Ilya Ivashka 6-4, 7-6(1). Ivaskha wasn't the only high seed to fall as Borna Gojo moved past fourth seed Pedro Sousa when Sousa retired at 4-6, 7-6(6), 1-1.

Viktor Troicki closed out a comeback win over No. 13 seed Thiago Seyboth Wild 0-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(5). Troicki, a former World No. 12, is currently ranked No. 205. 

French wild card Manuel Guinard made good use of his opportunity by topping No. 28 seed Tomas Machac 6-3, 6-3. Elsewhere, Bjorn Fratangelo was a winner over Go Soeda 6-2, 6-3, and in an all-American battle Ernesto Escobedo beat Maxime Cressy 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Thomas Fabbiano ended Chris Eubanks' Parisian campaign 6-4, 7-5. The 31-year-old Italian will take on No. 22 seed Carlos Taberner next.

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