Divij Sharan
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Indian challenge ends at Roland Garros 2020 as Divij Sharan and Rohan Bopanna lost their opening round matches with their respective partners in Men’s doubles.

India’s Divij Sharan and his South Korean partner Kwon Soon-woo were ousted from the French Open following a hard-fought opening-round loss in the men’s doubles event here. The unseeded Sharan and Kwon Soon-woo lost 2-6, 6-4, 4-6 to the 16th seeded Croatian-American pair of Franko Skugor and Austin Krajicek on Wednesday. After losing the first set the pair came back well to break serve and win the second set. They couldn’t continue the momentum though, losing the third set and eventually the match.

It was Divij’s second straight opening-round loss at a Grand Slam after the US Open ouster.

Meanwhile Rohan Bopanna and his young partner Denis Shapovalov lost in straight sets to Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil 6-2,6-2 in a controversial match. Shapovalov, who played a 5 set marathon earlier in the day was forced to play his doubles match later in the day.

The highly-rated Canadian, who recently broke into the world top 10 for the first time, lost 7-5, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 3-6, 8-6 to Spain’s world No 101 Roberto Carballes Baena. After a draining second round clash, the 21-year-old Shapovalov fumed at organisers who also scheduled him to play doubles with Rohan Bopanna later in the day.

“Scheduling is absolutely awful. It’s just complete trash,” said Shapovalov who was hoping to make the third round in Paris for the first time just weeks after his best run, a quarter-final appearance in the US Open. “It’s disappointing. I mean you’re in a Grand Slam and I don’t want to sound spoiled, but you expect at least some help from the tournament to help you compete. “How am I supposed to come out and play doubles now after a five-hour match? It’s a first round as well, they could have scheduled it way better, way easier, I mean it’s not acceptable.”