Struff exits; five Frenchmen advance in Montpellier

Montpellier, France ( - Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen ousted eighth-seeded German Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets, while five players from the host nation moved on Tuesday at the Open Sud de France tennis event.

The 33-year-old left-hander Nieminen dismissed Struff in 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 fashion in opening-round action at Montpellier Arena.

Also on Day 2, French wild card Lucas Pouille topped Russian Alexander Kudryavtsev 6-4, 7-6 (7-4); Israeli Dudi Sela dismissed Estonian qualifier Jurgen Zopp 6-3, 6-4; Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin overcame German Andreas Beck 3-6, 6-3, 6-4; France's Kenny De Schepper outlasted Turk Marsel Ilhan 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu, the 2002 tournament champion, bested Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1; and France's Benoit Paire, the 2013 runner-up here, got past Georgian qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.

This week's top seed, two-time champion Gael Monfils, bested then reigning champ and two-time winner Richard Gasquet in last year's all-French finale.

The top-four seeds -- Monfils, Gilles Simon, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Gasquet -- all received opening-round byes here.

The four-time finalist Monfils will open his week against his compatriot De Schepper.

Some second-round action on Wednesday will pit a second-seeded Simon against his fellow Frenchman Roger-Vasselin and the fourth-seeded two-time Open Sud de France champion Gasquet versus his fellow countryman Pouille.

The 2015 Montpellier champion will earn $90,000.