Canadian tennis players Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls) and Milos Raonic (Thornhill) began 2012 campaigns at Roland-Garros on Monday (May 28).
Dancevic’s trip to Paris was a short one as he was forced to retire with a back injury just four games into his first round match against Martin Klizan of Slovakia.
Raonic, seeded no. 19 in the tournament, was trying to improve on his first round loss last year at the French Open and had the chance to do so against Spaniard Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo. The 21-year-old made quick work of his opponent 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the second round at Roland-Garros for the first time in his career.
Raonic hit 12 aces and 47 winners in the match. He will face Canadian born American Jesse Levine in round two.