French Open: Lucky loser Marco Trungelliti hits jackpot after marathon journey

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Lucky loser Marco Trungelliti beats Bernard Tomic at French Open

Argentine drove 10 hours Sunday to return to Paris after qualifying exit

Novak Djokovic, Petra Kvitova win, but Victoria Azarenka, Stan Wawrinka lose

Rafael Nadal led by two sets before rain stopped play

CNN  — 

Given the thousands of professional tennis players, it’s only a tiny minority of 128 men and women who make the main draw of a grand slam.

Indeed, for the majority of the 1,977 who are ranked overall in the three tiers of men’s professional tennis, it is not about winning a grand slam title but simply being in the hat. First-round prize money can cover expenses for a while on the 11-month tennis tour.

Which is why Argentina’s Marco Trungelliti was willing to go to great lengths to make the French Open. And now he is into the second round to boot.

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Trungelliti has only played 16 matches at the highest level – as opposed to 434 in tennis’ minor leagues. So when the 28-year-old learned he had a chance to reach the promised land of a major, he wasn’t going to bypass the opportunity despite a long trek.