May 11, 2016

    Seeds progress in Rome but Tsonga pulls out


    THREE out of four men's seeds booked second-round spots at the Rome Masters on Monday as Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulled the plug on his participation due to a training injury.

    The sudden adductor problem with less than a fortnight left before the French Open is not good news for the seventh seed.

    On court, there were wins for Canadian 10th seed Milos Raonic and 11th seed Richard Gasquet as second seed Andy Murray landed in Rome after splitting from coach Amelie Mauresmo a day after he lost the Madrid final to Novak Djokovic.

    Thomas Bellucci sent 14th seed Gael Monfils to an opening loss, with the latter calling for the trainer after less than half an hour on court.

    Tsonga said he would work to be fit for the start of Roland Garros. He lost in the Madrid third round to Raonic and played a Monte Carlo semi-final against compatriot Monfils last month.

    "This is not something good to be a little bit injured before Roland Garros. I hope I will have the chance to recover quick enough to prepare as good as possible."