Carder eyes a clash with Merrilees in Orleans

Scotland’s Matthew Carder must win two rounds of qualifying today to earn a place in the main draw at the Orleans International.

If the fourth qualifying seed achieves that he will face team-mate Kieran Merrilees in tomorrow’s first round proper.

Carder starts with a bye then takes on Germany’s Jonathan Persson or France’s Corentin Fahl this afternoon. If Carder comes through his second-round test he would play for a place in the main draw tonight.

Merrilees is fifth seed and if he were to face Carder tomorrow it would be their first meeting since the final of the Yonex Scottish National Championships in Perth at the start of February when five-times champion Merrilees defeated the 2015 champion.

Kirsty Gilmour is in the women’s singles and the sixth seed faces England’s Chloe Birch in the first round. It is the first time they have met.

Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh lead Scotland’s men’s doubles challenge. They take on Jonathan and Nilolaj Persson in the first round of the men’s doubles with England’s Peter Briggs and Tom Wolfenden awaiting the winners.

Alex Dunn and Adam Hall start with a pair from qualifying with the winners meeting Swedish second seeds Richard Eidestedt and Nico Ruponen as the young Scotland pair look to follow up their efforts at the Yonex Polish Open last weekend when they finished runners-up.

Rebekka Findlay and Caitlin Pringle take on Dutch pair Cheryl Seinen and Iris Tabeling in the women's doubles first round.