With Roland Garros now done and dusted, and with two first time champions crowned, how exactly did our Australians fair on what are traditionally tough clay courts?
Daria Gavrilova – first round
Daria Gavrilova has seen mild success on clay in her short career, but this was not enough to keep her from losing in the first round to ITF mainstay Mariana Duque.
Given her recent success in Grand Slams, it would’ve been nice to see her equal or better her second round appearance of last year, but inconsistency has largely marred her clay form this season.
Sam Groth – first round
Sam Groth was already having an ordinary year, but when he saw the draw for the French Open, he must’ve thought someone up there was against him.
Coming up against nine-time champion Rafael Nadal in the first round, it was all formalities, as he dispatched Groth with no mercy, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1.
John Millman – first round
Of all our first round exits this Slam, John Millman’s was arguably most respectable, going down in 4 set and 3 tiebreaks to former American top 10-er John Isner.
To win just one tiebreak off the big serving Yank is a fair achievement, but to force two more, with score lines of 14-12 and 9-7, is a great match of tennis played by Millman. His tennis that day would’ve beaten most other opponents.
Jordan Thompson – second round
Speaking of young Aussies taking it up to big servers, Jordan Thompson showed he truly is top 100 material, going five sets in the second round with Croatian Ivo Karlovic, known for having the best serve in the world.
A metaphorical and literal David and Goliath battle, Thompson was just not experienced enough in the last set, losing 12-10 in extra games. His best performance at GS to date.
Bernard Tomic – second round
As he so often does, Bernard Tomic looked firmly in the driver’s seat up 6-3 to Croatian younger Borna Coric.
It then seemed that Bernie’s mind and body registered that he was playing on clay, and quit on him at the snap of a service, losing the next three sets and the match.
Nick Kyrgios – third round
Nick Kyrgios comfortably rolled through his first two matches in Paris – well, as comfortably as he can, with no shortage of media fanfare.
However, meeting a Frenchman at RG is never a friendly situation for any player, and Richard Gasquet showed the mighty gap there still is between Nick and the top 10, sweeping him off the court in straight sets.
Samantha Stosur – semi-final
Of all Australian efforts at the French Slam, we cannot be more proud than that of Samantha Stosur’s, as she reached the semi-final of a major for the first time since 2012.
From there, the fairytale would unfortunately go no further, as she was stunned by future world number one Garbine Muguruza, who would go on to beat Serena Williams in the Final.