Andy Murray admits that clay-court tennis used to leave him bewildered, but as he prepares for the start of the French Open here tomorrow he is in confident mood. Murray, who has won all 10 of his matches on clay this year, will play Argentina's Facundo Arguello in the first round.
“In the past [on clay] I have not really known what was happening on the court and felt like I was struggling with my movement,” Murray said on Friday. “This year it doesn’t feel like that. I feel like I’m moving well.”
Arguello, 22, is the world No 139 and lost in the first round here last year in his only previous appearance in a grand-slam match. If Murray makes it to the second week, he could play David Ferrer in the quarter-finals and Novak Djokovic in the last four.
Murray watched from the stands on Friday as Kyle Edmund joined him in the main draw with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Spain’s Adrian Menendez-Maceiras in the final round of qualifying. The world No 121 is only the second Briton – following James Ward 12 months ago – to qualify for the main draw here in the last 42 years.
Edmund has a winnable first-round match against Stephane Robert, a 35-year-old Frenchman who has dropped to No 550 in the world rankings after injury.
Britain will have three representatives in the men’s draw for the first time since 2006. It will be the first grand-slam tournament in which Slovenian-born Aljaz Bedene has competed since he was granted his British passport this year. The world No 77 plays Austria’s Dominic Thiem in the first round.
Jo Konta joins Heather Watson in the main draw after beating France’s Clothilde De Bernardi 6-2, 6-1 in the final round of qualifying. The British No 2 will face the Czech Republic’s Denisa Allertova.
Watson’s opening match will be against a French wild card, Mathilde Johansson.Reuse content