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Frenchmen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga And Josselin Ouanna Advance; Monfils Up Tomorrow

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Black Tennis Pro's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2009 U.S. Open Round 1Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France
(Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Seventh-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France has breezed into the U.S. Open's second round by beating 18-year-old Chase Buchanan of the United States 6-0, 6-2, 6-1.

Tsonga was the runner-up at the 2008 Australian Open. The U.S. Open is the only Grand Slam tournament at which he's never reached at least the fourth round.

Tsonga played cleanly Tuesday, making only 12 unforced errors, 24 fewer than Buchanan, who was the youngest man in the field. Buchanan was awarded a wild card by the U.S. Tennis Association as the 2009 USTA boys' 18s champion.

Post match Tsonga said, "I didn't know what to expect of him and I was wary as I remember when I was younger and had his ranking I was convinced I could beat anyone, anytime."

Buchanan, of New Albany, Ohio, was making his Grand Slam debut. He had never faced anyone ranked higher than 121st.


Black Tennis Pro's Josselin Ouanna 2009 U.S. Open Round 1Josselin Ouanna, France
(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


Josselin Ouanna defeated American Rajeev Ram 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 3-6 6-3. Up next for him is Chilean Fernando Gonzalez.

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