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Previewing the Roland Garros Men's Qualifying Draw


Top-seeded Italian Paolo Lorenzi leads the charge of the 128 men who will fight for one of 16 spots in the men's draw at Roland Garros when the qualifying competition gets underway on Tuesday. The tournament released the men's qualifying draw Monday, which features 32 seeded players and a host of interesting story lines.

In addition to Lorenzi, the top four seeded players in the men's qualifying include No. 2 Julian Reister, who reached the third round of the main draw in 2010; No. 3 Evgeny Donskoy, who reached the second round in his main-draw debut last year; and No. 4 Blaz Rola​, who played college tennis for Ohio State and will be playing at Roland Garros for the first time.

Bosnian Damir Dzumhur, who became one of the stories of the Australian Open when he qualifed and reached the third round, is seeded 19th in the qualifying draw and will open against Spain's Oscar Hernandez.  


Ukrainian Sergei Bubka, who is continuing to try and rebuild his tennis career after surviving a fall from a fourth-floor window in Paris in 2012, faces a tough opening round test in ninth-seeded German Peter Gojowczyk. Gojowczyk made headlines earlier this season when he qualified and reached the semifinals in Doha, pushing Rafael Nadal to three sets.

Promising 18-year-old Australian 
Thanasi Kokkinakis, who received a wildcard into the competition, will open against Tsung-Hua Yang from Taipei in a section that features No. 20 seed Jesse Huta Galung and No. 5 seed Go Soeda. Also in that section, Romanian Davis Cup teammates Victor Crivoi and Marius Copil will go head to head in the first round.

Six American men feature in the "tournament before the tournament," and three of them are located in the top quarter of the qualifying draw. Austin Krajicek opens his Roland Garros campaign against 27th-seeded Peter Polansky of Canada, while Alex Kuznetsov gets a tough opening-round test in Rola. Ryan Harrison, the 21st-seed in qualfying, is also in Rola's section and will open his campaign against Frenchman David Guez. In the second round, Harrison could face Great Britain's James Ward.

Seventh seed Tim Smyczek will play Gerard Granollers, the younger brother to Marcel, in the opening round of qualifying in the second section, while unseeded Jarmere Jenkins, the 2013 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Player of the Year, opens against Slovak Andrej Martin. The final American in qualifying, 13th seed Denis Kudla, heads the fourth quarter of the draw and opens against Argentinan Andres Molteni.


The full 2014 Roland Garros men's qualifying draw can be found here

Check back on Tuesday for a preview of the women's qualifying draw!

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