Lloyd Harris' Round 1 US Open opponent revealed

Lloyd Harris (Photo: Reg Caldecott)
Lloyd Harris (Photo: Reg Caldecott)
Reg Caldecott

Cape Town - Lloyd Harris' reward for qualifying for his maiden Grand Slam at the US Open is a first round clash against veteran Frenchman Gilles Simon.

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Simon, now 33, has a highest ever world ranking of No 6 back in 2009 and has 13 ATP Tour titles to his name.

Harris on Friday beat American JC Aragone 6-4, 6-2 in his third qualifying match to advance to the main draw at Flushing Meadows.

Harris, 21, who hails from Cape Town, earlier in the week defeated Sebastian Ofner from Austria 6-2, 6-1 and Roberto Quiroz of Ecuador 7-6 (7/5), 6-3.

Harris, who is ranked 145th in the ATP Tour world rankings, joins compatriot Kevin Anderson in the main draw.

Anderson, who was runner-up at last year's US Open, will open his campaign against unseeded American Ryan Harrison.

The 2018 US Open will be held from August 27 to September 9.

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