RI’s Jared Donaldson Falls Short in Final Qualifying for French Open

Newport Hall of Fame news release…

PARIS – Jared Donaldson of Providence lost Friday in the final round of qualifying on Court 18 at the French Open to No. 27 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.

            The 18-year-old, who was the only remaining American in the final round of qualifying in the 16 matches on Friday, took the second set 6-4 and broke for a 2-1 lead in the decisive set. But the 23-year-old Basilashvili, ranked No. 135, broke back in the next game and reeled off five straight games to earn a spot in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career.

Donaldson, who was playing in the qualifying at Roland Garros for the first time, came in ranked a career-high No. 156. He will now prepare for the upcoming grass court circuit and try to qualify at Wimbledon, which begins on June 29.

Donaldson was trying to appear in his second career Grand Slam tournament. At last year’s US Open as a wild card, he lost in the first round to Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.

Donaldson has already received a main draw wild card into the International Tennis Hall of Fame Championships in Newport, the only grass court tournament in the U.S. on the ATP World Tour, which will be held from July 13-19.