No happy returns for struggling Verkerk

29th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 29, 2007 (AFP) - Martin Verkerk's hopes of resurrecting a career at the very tournament which made his name suffered another setback on Tuesday when he was beaten in the first round of the French Open.

PARIS, May 29, 2007 (AFP) - Martin Verkerk's hopes of resurrecting a career at the very tournament which made his name suffered another setback on Tuesday when he was beaten in the first round of the French Open.

It was in 2003 that the big, likeable Verkerk defied his lowly-ranking of 46 to storm into the men's final at Roland Garros on his debut appearance, becoming the first Dutchman to make the title showdown.

He went down in straight sets to Spain's Juan Carlos Fererro but the stage should have been set for an assault on the big time for the smiling, eccentric 192cm giant from Leiderdorp.

However, the dream was to turn sour when a serious right shoulder injury, caused by the wear and tear of sending down his booming service missiles, sidelined him from July 2004 to September 2006.

The 28-year-old's 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 defeat to Italy's Simone Bolelli on Tuesday was his eighth defeat in eight matches on the tour in 2007.

His last win came when he captured his second career title on clay at Amersfoot almost three years ago.


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