Australia's John Millman has already played six events this clay season but he plans to also play Lyon ahead of the French Open. Millman, a former world No. 33, kicked off his clay season in Cagliari, where he made the round-of-16.
Millman, now ranked at No. 42 in the world, played at this week's Rome Masters. The Australian beat Dusan Lajovic in the Rome first round, before losing to home favorite Matteo Berrettini in the second round. "Right now the plan is to head to Lyon actually and try to play there.
I will just talk to the coach and see how the back is. My back's been struggling a little bit lately. That's old age for you. It's nothing major, but it has been -- you know, I have been kind of managing it the last two weeks, I would say.
"So I think it's all about how I pull up. You know, I'll do a bit of a cooldown now and get some good food into me tonight and wake up tomorrow and then do a bit of a game plan as to how I'll approach and tackle Roland Garros."
Millman improving his game on clay
"But the good thing is I'm playing a lot better on the dirt. You know, I had a bit of a slow start to the season. But I feel as if I'm playing some good stuff now. I would have loved to have done a little bit better today, but that can be clay court tennis sometimes.
You can be in games, but if the guy's just playing that little bit better, you know, it can be tough to handle," Millman said. "You know, I'll take a lot from it and, yeah, get ready for RG." Millman has made five main draw appearances at the French Open throughout his career. Millman has never won a main draw match in Paris as he has five first round exits at Roland Garros.