Marco Trungelliti’s epic French Open journey came to an end in the second round on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old Argentinian had already returned to his base in Barcelona after losing in qualifying, before hearing that there might be a place after Nick Kyrgios pulled out.
When an eighth spot in the main draw opened up and Prajnesh Gunneswaran of India already playing a Challenger Tour event in Italy, Trungelliti drove 650-miles for 10 hours with his grandmother, mother and brother to Paris, arriving 11 hours before his first-round match with Bernard Tomic.
The world No 190 became the unlikely darling of Roland Garros when he stunned former top-20 player Tomic to net himself £69,000 in prize money.
However, the 28-year-old hit the skids in round two as he was beaten 6-1 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 by Italian 72nd-ranked Marco Cecchinato on court nine.