The player from Toulouse, who lost to Lloyd Harris in the qualifying round, learned on Saturday, January 13 that he could finally play in the tournament. A return due to the withdrawal of a player who should have played in the main draw.
Frenchman Hugo Gaston will be the “lucky loser” of this 2024 edition of the Australian Open. 99 despite losing to South African Lloyd Harris (6-0, 6.2) in the qualifications.to The world player will still be able to set foot on Melbourne’s pitch.
Indeed, the abandonment of the Croatian Borna Gojo allowed the competition organizers to carry out repechage. And the person who had the chance to be appointed was the Toulouse native who ranked 4th.
Hugo Gaston will face Spanish Roberto Carballes Baena (67) in the first roundto in the ATP), to favorite status.
The left-hander will have a big challenge to overcome to make up for Friday’s big upset against Harris, who is 50 places behind him in the rankings. He will therefore be among the 16 Frenchmen who have qualified for the final Grand Slam table. In the women’s category, 8 players will represent France in Australia.