French Open: Dan Evans loses in first qualifying round

Dan Evans

Great Britain's Dan Evans was beaten in the first round of qualifying for the French Open in Paris.

Evans, 23, the British number two, lost 6-2 6-1 to Portugal's Gastao Elias, who is 187th in the world rankings.

Davis Cup team-mate James Ward, 27, claimed a 6-3 7-5 victory against Radu Albot of Moldova to set up a tie with American Ryan Harrison.

Dan Cox, 23, also advanced into the second qualifying round, beating Israel's Amir Weintraub 6-2 6-1.

Evans, who reached the third round of the US Open in 2013, was broken four times by an opponent that is ranked 51 places below him in a performance littered with errors.

Ward and Cox have to win two more matches to join Andy Murray in the main singles competition, which begins on 25 May.

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