South African Lloyd Harris has been beaten in the first round of the US Open in New York.

He lost to Belarussian qualifier Egor Gerasimov in three close sets, 7-5 7-6 7-6.

 

Harris reached a career high ranking of 82 earlier this year, but he hasn’t been able to translate those improvements into success at the Grand Slams.

He’s lost in the first round of the three of the four that he’s played in.

There is still South Africa interest in the doubles, which has yet to get underway.

Third seeds Raven Klaasen and his Kiwi partner Michael Venus will play the French pair of Giulles Simon and Adrian Mannarino later on Wednesday.