Millman’s late French Open withdrawal stuns opponent

Australia’s John Millman has withdrawn from his opening-round French Open clash with Italy’s Gianluca Mager in a late decision which resulted in bizarre scenes at Roland Garros on Monday night (AEST).

The Queenslander, who was looking to advance beyond the first round in Paris for the first time in six attempts, was replaced in the draw by German lucky loser Peter Gojowczyk. Millman has been reportedly struggling with a back injury.

John Millman during the Australian Open in February.Credit:Eddie Jim

Millman’s match was set to kick off a big night for the Australian contingent, with Christopher O’Connell, Jordan Thompson and Storm Sanders all set to play their first-round matches.

World No.1 and 2019 champion Ashleigh Barty gets under way against Bernarda Pera on Tuesday night.

Madison Brengle of the US and Czech 20th seed Marketa Vondrousova were early winners on Monday.

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