Israel J. Ruiz
Peru’s number one tennis player Luis Horna, currently ranked 102 in the world, got off on the right foot at this year’s French Open, the second Grand Slam event of the year and the premier clay court tennis tournament in the world.
Lucky loser Horna beat Scoville Jenkins, a qualifier from Atlanta during the first round of this 107th edition of the French Open, which began at the Roland Garros Stadium in France on May 25.
Despite heavy rainfall, the tournament is scheduled to last until June 8.
Horna, the last man to beat World No. 1 Roger Federer in a Grand Slam first round (2003), started off the match well against Jenkins, beating him 6-4 in the first set.
Jenkins, currently ranked No. 226, responded strongly during the second set and won 7-5. Unfortunately that was the only set he would win during the match.
His lack of experience on a clay court was obvious as he fell to Peru’s Horna 6-3 and 6-0 in the following two sets.
After beating ninth-seeded Richard Gasquet earlier this month at the opening round of the Rome Masters in Italy, Horna assured he could beat anyone on a clay court.
The Peruvian is to go up against French player Gaël Monfils – ranked 65 in the world – in the second round of the French Open.