Ramkumar Ramanathan loses in Rd 1 of French Open qualification

Ramkumar lost to Australia's Jason Kubler 6-4, 6-4 to bow out of contention; Prajnesh Gunneswaran will be the lone Indian in the men's draw after earning direct qualification.

Ramkumar Ramanathan faltered in the first hurdle of qualification at Roland Garros.   -  R. Ragu (File photo)

Ramkumar Ramanathan lost to Jason Kubler of Australia in the first round of qualification for the French Open Grand Slam tournament on Monday.

The Indian fell 6-4, 6-4 in straight sets to World No. 171 in one hour and 32 minutes to lose a chance to compete in the second Grand Slam of the year.

World No. 86 Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who got a direct entry into the main draw of the tournament by virtue of being in the Top 100, will now be the only Indian contestant in the 128-member men's draw.