Stockport-born Liam Broady has qualified for the French Open for the first time.

Liam Broady in his younger days. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Liam Broady has cemented a place in the first round of the French Open in Paris.

The 26-year-old won in emphatic style when he beat Australian Marc Polmans in straight sets, continuing his impressive run of not dropping a set throughout the qualifying stage. 

Ranked 211th in the world, the left-hander has never qualified for the main draw of a Grand Slam, despite having reached the second round of Wimbledon back in 2015 on a wildcard entry. 

When he was victorious against 12th seed Polmans in a 7-6, 6-4 win, close friend and former world number one Andy Murray was courtside to give his support to his fellow Brit.

Broady told the Lawn Tennis Association: “You can’t fault Andy as a tennis player or a human being.

“To get to know him a bit better over the last couple of months has been absolutely fantastic.”

Broady will join Murray, Dan Evans, Kyle Edmund, Cameron Norrie, Johanna Konta and Heather Watson in Paris.

Great Britain’s world number four is still currently waiting to find out who he faces in the first round as qualifiers are still ongoing. However, Scotsman Murray faces old rival and 16th seed Stan Wawrinka and Dan Evans will be challenging Kei Nishkori. 

Despite a recent spike in France, Roland Garros will become the first Grand Slam to welcome back supporters since the coronavirus outbreak, with 5,000 fans able to attend each day.