Yannick Hanfmann maintained his strong clay-court form Tuesday when he overcame Mattia Bellucci in the first round of Roland Garros qualifying.
Hanfmann, who is at a career-high No. 64 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, ousted the Italian 7-6(3), 6-4 to kick off his quest to play in the Roland Garros main draw for the first time since 2019. That year, the German advanced through qualifying before losing to Rafael Nadal in the opening round.
The 31-year-old has enjoyed success throughout the clay-court season, reaching the semi-finals at the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston, the third round at the Mutua Madrid Open and quarter-finals at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, where he fell to eventual champion Daniil Medvedev.
In other qualifying action, top seed Aslan Karatsev advanced past Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6(2), 7-6(1). The 29-year-old Karatsev was playing his first match since his semi-final run at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Madrid.
Liam Broady and Federico Delbonis each rallied from a set down to escape the first round of qualifying. The Briton Broady defeated French teenager Arthur Gea 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 while the Argentine Delbonis survived Nicolas Mejia 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-6(0).
Aleksandar Vukic, who cracked the Top 100 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings for the first time Monday, overcame Belgian Raphael Collignon 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
Vukic’s Challenger Success Seals Top 100 Debut
German Dominik Koepfer looks to carry momentum into the French capital after capturing this past week’s ATP Challenger Tour 175 event in Turin. On Tuesday, the lefty began his qualifying campaign by defeating Hungarian Zsombor Piros 7-5, 2-6, 6-1.