Sam Groth one win away from start in French Open

SAM Groth is just one win away from a start in the main draw at the French Open. Picture: FAIRFAX

SAM Groth is just one win away from a start in the main draw at the French Open. Picture: FAIRFAX

9.50AM: Sam Groth is just one win away from a start in the main draw at the French Open.

Now at his highest ever world single’s ranking of 143, Groth tonight our time takes on Italian Simone Bolelli in the final qualifier — the winner automatically into the draw at Roland Garros next week.

Groth progressed when Belgian Maxime Authom retired while trailing the Australian 3-0 in the deciding set.

Fellow Australians James Duckworth and teenager Thanasi Kokkinakis are also still alive in qualifying.

All are looking to join Lleyton Hewitt, Bernard Tomic, Marinko Matosevic, Matt Ebden and Nick Kyrgios in the main draw.

Groth’s former wife Jarmila Gajdosova and Olivia Rogowska have reached the final round of women’s qualifying as they look to get a start alongside Samantha Stosur, Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty.

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