Tuesday, May 28, 2019

McDonald loses French Open battle of little guys

San Francisco Bay Area product Mackenzie McDonald,
shown in February 2018, fell in his French Open main-draw
debut today. Photo by Paul Bauman 
   Mackenzie McDonald faced someone even smaller than himself today in the first round of the French Open.
   McDonald, a 5-foot-10 (1.78-meter), 160-pound (73-kilogram) product of Piedmont in the San Francisco Bay Area, lost to Yoshihito Nishioka, a 5-foot-7 (1.70-meter), 141-pound (64-kilogram) left-hander from Japan, 6-7 (7), 6-0, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in Paris.
   McDonald, 24, made his French Open main-draw debut, and Nishioka, 23, recorded his first Roland Garros main-draw victory.
   McDonald, now based in Orlando, Fla., slugged 17 aces to Nishioka's one but committed 70 unforced errors to his opponent's 31.
   In the opening round of men's doubles, seventh-seeded Bob Bryan of Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., and Mike Bryan of Wesley Chapel, Fla., beat Pablo Carreno Busta and Gerald Granollers of Spain 5-7, 6-2, 6-3.
   The 41-year-old Bryan twins (Stanford, 1997-98) won the French Open in 2003 and 2013.
   Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin of France eliminated 15th-seeded Ben McLachlan (Cal, 2011-14) of Japan and Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 6-3, 6-3.

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