French Open main draw dream ends in disappointment for trio of British hopefuls

Liam Broady, Paul Jubb and Lily Miyazaki crashed out in the second round as British interest in the French Open qualifiers came to a disappointing end.

Broady, who reached the main draw at Roland Garros in 2020 and the first round of the Australian Open at the start of the year, fell to a 6-1 6-7 (2) 6-4 defeat by Geoffrey Blancaneaux of France.

York-born right-hander Jubb, 22, who made the first round of Wimbledon in 2019, also bowed out as he lost 6-4 6-1 to Luca Nardi of Italy.

There was to be more disappointment when 26-year-old Tokyo-born Miyazaki, who switched from representing Japan to Great Britain in March earlier this year, fell 7-5 6-2 to Ysaline Bonaventure of Belgium.

Miyazaki made her WTA Tour singles debut at the 2022 Lyon Open in February.

The news means Britain will be represented by 2021 US Open winner Emma Raducanu, Heather Watson and Harriet Dart in the women's main draw, while Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans will compete in the men's side of the competition.

World number 12 Raducanu, who recently split from coach Torben Beltz, will be making her debut at Roland Garros in her first full year on the tour.

The 19-year-old British number one will hope to allay any injury concerns after she was forced to retire from her first-round match at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia recently because of a back problem.

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