Alex de Minaur has hit out at the Paris tennis fans who he believes crossed a line amid a deafening bearpit atmosphere during his dramatic French Open exit on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Australia’s No.1 was crestfallen that his tournament was derailed at the first hurdle by France’s bright new hope, Hugo Gaston, in a classic four-hour, five-setter on Tuesday.

De Minaur had to deal with boos and jeers amid a cacophony of noise from the patriotic home support, whose songs and cheers for 21-year-old Gaston helped propel the Olympic youth champion to a 4-6 6-2 6-3 0-6 7-6 (10-4) triumph.

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He wasn’t complaining about the “away Davis Cup match atmosphere” which he normally thrives on, but de Minaur was left clearly upset by the behaviour of some of the raucous crowd.

“There’s a difference between a great atmosphere and supporting your fellow countryman, which is completely fine and it’s great,” said the Sydneysider.

“I’m sure for him it was an amazing atmosphere. He enjoyed every second of it, but there’s a line…

“When I’m getting told things by people in the crowd, making eye contact with me after I hit a double fault, I think there’s a certain line that needs to be looked at.”

Asked to elaborate, he said: “I’d rather not get into what was being said.”

Alex de Minaur battled Hugo Gaston and the French locals in their five-set epic.
Alex de Minaur battled Hugo Gaston and the French locals in their five-set epic. Credit: AAP

But he was completely shattered by the loss after his best-ever clay-court season.

“Ideally, I will sleep tonight and forget all about it, but I have a feeling that won’t be the case,” he said.

“What I have got to do now is put this behind me. Easier said than done but I will do my best.”

De Minaur’s complaints about the one-sided crowd follow similar reactions from international players at this year’s Australian Open.

Home hero Nick Kyrgios tapped into the Melbourne crowds on his way to winning the doubles title with Thanasi Kokkinakis, but opponents were not shy in calling out disrespectful behaviour.

British player Liam Broady, who lost to Kyrgios in singles, admitted he struggled to cope with the level of verbal abuse hurled at him by the crowd.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever walked onto a tennis court and been booed, which for me was a crazy experience,” Broady said.

“You get sledged from the sides like you can’t believe, (which) they don’t pick up on TV.”

New Zealand doubles specialist Michael Venus said his match against Kyrgios “felt like a circus”.

The crowd during Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis’ Australian Open men’s doubles quarter-final.
The crowd during Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis’ Australian Open men’s doubles quarter-final. Credit: AAP

De Minaur tumbles at Roland Garros

De Minaur’s exit from the French Open leaves Jason Kubler as the only Australian man left in the second-round draw, while the country’s top two women Ajla Tomljanovic and Daria Saville have also made it past the first round.

At 3-0 up in the final set, it looked as if de Minaur would join the last-64 crew, seemingly on his way to a magnificent comeback win from two sets to one down as a frustrated Gaston stamped on his own racquet at the changeover, snapping it in half.

But on the day when a French tennis hero Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was bidden an emotional au revoir by the Court Philippe Chatrier crowd, a new young idol then announced himself on Roland Garros’s second court.

Clearly cramping, the stocky leftie, with a touch of finesse, just went for broke, delivering an array of swashbuckling shots, delicate winners and even an underarm serve to steal a point.

Yet when the Toulouse youngster twice had the chance to serve for the match, de Minaur denied him each time.

But did the incessant din and crowd pressure eventually get to him as he coughed up crucial double faults and then played a distracted final 10-point super tiebreak?

“Hey, maybe it did; maybe it didn’t. I don’t know,” the Australian shrugged.

“What I know is I didn’t play my best tennis when I needed in the super-buster. It’s a shame.”

His exit followed another gallant exit as John Millman’s tale of French Open woe continued with him failing for the sixth time to earn his first win in the main draw at his graveyard grand slam.

Handed another wretched first-round draw, Millman fought tigerishly but rising American Sebastian Korda just had just too much power and quality in a 6-1 7-5 7-6 (8-6) win.

Millman saved three match points and was on the verge of taking the match into a fourth set before the No.27 seed finally advanced.

– With 7NEWS