Top-10 star returns to Lyon, joining Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the main draw


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Top-10 star returns to Lyon, joining Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the main draw

The third edition of the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes in Lion will take place between May 19-25, 2019, proving the last opportunity for the players to shape up their game before the second Grand Slam of the season that starts in the following week in Paris.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was the first champion in 2017 and it was Dominic Thiem who reigned in 2018, edging Gilles Simon in the title match before reaching the final at Roland Garros. The tournament ambassador Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returns to Lyon this May and the organizers have signed another big name that will compete for the title, with the world no.

9 John Isner heading to Lyon for the second year in a row. The 33-year-old American suffered a tight loss to Cameron Norrie last May, winning just four points less than the Briton and wasting four break points he created.

Norrie played better in the decisive moments, taking the opening set tie break 7-1 and scoring the only break at the start of the second set after a great return, keeping the lead in the rest of the encounter for the first and so far the only top-10 win.

Isner had a terrific 2018 season, winning his first Masters 1000 crown in Miami and competing in the semi-final at Wimbledon and quarter-final at US Open, earning enough points to make a debut at the ATP Finals. Three of his 26 ATP finals have come on clay, winning the title in Houston in 2013 after finishing runner-up in Belgrade in 2010 and Houston in 2012.

John had won 17 matches at Roland Garros so far, pushing Rafael Nadal to the limits in the opening round in 2011 and advancing into the fourth three times, including the last year when he lost to Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, losing serve once in each set.