French trio Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Gilles Simon advance in Antwerp
Defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won his first match since February as he beat Guido Pella in the first round of the European Open.
The Frenchman underwent knee surgery in April and made his comeback at the Moselle Open in September, but fell at the first hurdle.
He returned to action in Belgium on Tuesday and fared much better as he secured a 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5) win over Argentine Pella in two hours and 20 minutes.
HE’S DONE IT!
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) October 16, 2018
It will be an all-French affair in the second round as Tsonga will meet compatriot Gael Monfils.
The sixth-seeded Monfils had a much easier day at the office as he dropped only three games en route to a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Ruben Bemelmans.
Gilles Simon joined his compatriots in the second round with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Sergiy Stakhovsky.
Albert Ramos Vinolas booked a date with top seed Kyle Edmund as he beat Stephane Robert 6-4, 6-4 while Belarusian Ilya Ivashka upset eighth seed Robin Haase 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (10-8).
More from Tennis365:
Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina begs Wimbledon to maintain ban on Russian and Belarusian players
Elina Svitolina has begged Wimbledon to maintain the ban.
Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open win was a ratings flop for American TV
ESPN have released their viewing figures for the Australian Open final and they suggest just 439,000 viewers watched in America.
Felix Auger-Aliassime backed to win Wimbledon in 2023
Felix Auger-Aliassime has been backed to make his Grand Slam breakthrough in 2023.
Serena Williams opens up on Will Smith’s Oscar slap
Serena Williams says that we are all human and make mistakes in the heat of the moment.
Nick Kyrgios escapes conviction despite pleading guilty to assaulting ex-girlfriend
Nick Kyrgios saw the common assault charge against him dismissed.
Great Britain braced for ‘complicated’ Davis Cup qualifier in Colombia
Matches will be played at an altitude of 2,600 metres and with pressureless balls.
Heather Watson ends her quarter-final drought with win in Thailand – ‘It was just survival of the fittest’
Heather Watson will now face Chinese seventh seed Xinyu Wang.
Toni Nadal shares thoughts on fans’ hostility toward Novak Djokovic as well as Rafael Nadal’s future
Toni Nadal on why Novak Djokovic has so many detractors.
Stunning LTA numbers confirm tennis participation is booming in Britain
New figures have revealed that there has been a 47 per-cent increase in tennis participation in clubs and parks across Britain.
Aryna Sabalenka’s 2023 tennis schedule: Where is she competing next and her season so far…
A look at Aryna Sabalenka’s possible tournaments for the 2023 season.