Promising Swede Elias Ymer continues his rise as he made it past the French Open qualifying to reach the main draw. Ymer, 22, defeated Indian Prajnesh Gunneswaran in the qualifying final round on Friday 6-3 6-4. The Swede is due to make his second main draw appearance at Roland Garros and the sixth overall appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam event.
World No. 122 Ymer debuted at Roland Garros in 2015 when he also made it past the qualifying but lost in round one to Czech Lukas Rosol. The Swede failed to make it past qualifying at the French Open in 2016 and 2017. Ymer also twice lost in round one at the Australian Open and picked up a first round exit at Wimbledon in 2015 and at the US Open the same year.
Ymer, who is this time joined by Swedish tennis legend and his coach Robin Soderling at Roland Garros, is hoping to catch his maiden win in the main draw of a Major event. The two started collaborating 11 months ago. "I asked my agent to approach Robin and ask if he was interested in coaching me.
Over the months we've worked more than anything else on how I can play more aggressively," Ymer said. "I'm pleased to be through here of course, but I’ve been in the main draw of a Grand Slam five times and never won a match -- so that would be great.
It would be a lot of fun to play a big player on a big court in the first round here." Ymer was eventually drawn to meet Israel's Dudi Sela in the first round. Also read: Rising German Maximilian Marterer receives Halle wildcard