Trungelliti was handed a lucky loser spot on Sunday and drove for 10 hours with his family to get back to Paris to take on Tomic in the first round at Roland Garros on Monday morning. "So actually, my grandma was in the shower and I told her, "okay, we go to Paris".
Last year's finalist lasted three and a half hours before bowing out with a 6-2 3-6 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 loss to the 67th-ranked Spaniard.
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It was worth the trip as Trungelliti, ranked 190 in the world, went on to beat Bernard Tomic to net a cool €79,000 - nearly treble what he had earned over the rest of the year.
Trungelliti said that his brother Andre, mother Susana, and grandmother Daphne, had recently arrived and that he'd been settling into his break.
Trungelliti, a 28-year-old Argentine, lost in the second round of qualifying on Thursday, stuck around Paris until Friday, then traveled to Spain, where he and his wife live. So I asked and then somebody told me that I was the first alternative. Slept five hours, maximum.
The world number 190 had already returned to his base in Barcelona after losing in qualifying last week, but a spate of withdrawals saw a possible place in the main draw open up. So supposedly they were going to come here, but then I lost so I left. "Sunday, nothing. So just today the warm-up, and then we went to the court". We got used to it, and then, yeah, we had highway, so it's ideal.
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"I was quite relaxed, I guess".
"To play in the main draw in a Grand Slam ... you don't drive", said Ernests Gulbis, a 2014 French Open semifinalist who qualified this year, "you crawl".
Tomic shot down all suggestions he was only playing tennis for money.
Tomic, who is assured of a small rankings rise to No 178, will now turn his attention to the grass court season.
It is the first time there have been eight lucky losers in the men's singles of a Grand Slam in the Open era.