BEVERLEY’S Kyle Edmund is through to the French Open first round for the first time in his career after he beat Spain’s Adrian Menendez-Maceiras 6-1 6-4.
It means Edmund has made it to the main draw of consecutive grand slams after the 20-year-old qualified for the Australian Open in January, before losing to American Steve Johnson in the opening round.
A number of the top seeds were drawn against qualifiers on Friday, meaning Edmund could now face the likes of Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych in Paris.
It is also the first time at Roland Garros since 2006 that Britain has had three men in the main draw.
Edmund will certainly be brimming with confidence as the win over Menendez-Maceiras, who was seeded 12th in qualifying, came just 24 hours after he thrashed 2005 quarter-finalist Victor Hanescu.
Menendez-Maceiras was simply unable to cope with Edmund’s energy and hard-hitting from the back of the court and the British No 4 stormed into an early 5-0 lead.
The Spaniard temporarily stemmed the tide but he could not prevent Edmund from taking the opening set and then a break in the first game of the second, after he missed a routine backhand wide.
Edmund was firmly in the ascendancy, unnerving his opponent with a number of rasping forehands, and he claimed another break to establish some breathing space.
It was needed as Menendez-Maceiras made a late fightback, recovering one break to make Edmund sweat at 5-4, but the Briton served out to seal an impressive victory in one hour and two minutes.
In women’s qualifying, British No 2 Johanna Konta also made it to the first round for the first time after she beat France’s Clothilde De Bernardi 6-2 6-1.
Konta made light work of her opponent, who is ranked 315th in the world, as she took a 4-0 lead in the opening set before another break early in the second set her on course for a comfortable win.
The 24-year-old was knocked out in the final qualifying round 12 months ago and last progressed to the main draw of a grand slam in 2012 at the US Open.
Thomaz Bellucci remains on target to claim his first ATP World Tour title since 2012 after reaching the final of the Geneva Open.
The 27-year-old Brazilian beat Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 6-3 6-4 to reach his first final since the Kremlin Cup in Moscow in October 2012.
He will next face No 6 Joao Sousa, who battled past Federico Delbonis 6-3 2-6 6-4 in a little under two hours.
Roberta Vinci will meet Karin Knapp in an all-Italian final of the Nurnberger Versicherungscup today.
Third seed Samantha Stosur will be out to upset the home faithful when she takes on France’s Kristina Mladenovic in the final of the Internationaux de Strasbourg.