After going down quickly to Spanish specialist Pablo Carreno Busta in the French Open first round, Australian John Millman has little choice but to play on.

The 43rd-ranked Queenslander will have to stay in Europe due to the comprehensive COVID-19 lockdown in Australia, where tough controls on international flights into the country are said to remain in place at least into November.

“I don’t mind the clay. I felt pretty good on it,” Millman said in defeat. “I thought I played pretty well in Rome, I won a match there. 

“I don’t mind the dirt. but I find this place (Roland Garros) pretty frustrating. I’ve played five times in the main draw and every time I seem to play a pretty good player in the first round.”

The Aussie said that short of heading home to what will be a 14-day isolation quarantine, his only real option is to stick in Europe and play what is available on the rump ATP calendar cobbled together for the autumn.

“I can’t go home obviously because of COVID, the two-week quarantine you have to face when you go back home.

“You haven’t really got any other choices but to keep playing.”


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