Somdev Devvarman qualifies for French Open

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Paris: Somdev Devvarman on Friday became the first Indian in 13 years to qualify for the men’s singles event of the French Open after scoring a 6-4, 6-1 win over Adrian Mannarino here.It took sixth seed Devvarman one hour and 25 minutes to quell the challenge of his French rival in the third and final qualifying round and seal one of the 16 main draw spots up for grabs. Leander Paes was the last Indian to play in the men’s singles event of the French Open in 1997 when he made the second round of the clay court Grand Slam.

This is for the second time that Devvarman has qualified for the men’s singles of a Grand Slam tournament. He first played at the U.S. Open last year where he had reached the second round.Devvarman’s victory means India will not go unrepresented in the singles event of the second Grand Slam of the year since Sania Mirza is giving a miss to the women’s singles event.

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