March Hall of Fame

MVP of the Month: Taylor Fritz

He’s not the best known of the Next Gen, but Taylor Fritz, 24, also deserves his focus. In mid-March, the American even seized his opportunity in his California garden and won the Indian Wells Masters 1000, the first major trophy on a list that had so far only been filled with success. in Eastbourne in June 2019. Result: Here it is today. installed in thirteenth place in the world. ” My expectations are much higher. I want to get into the top 10 “but he warned, what comes out of” six best months of his career And that remarkably pushed Stefanos Tsitsipas to a fifth set in the fourth round of the last Australian Open. Fritz is tough with his pain and his coronation in Indian Wells against Rafael Nadal is the best proof: once in his right ankle during his victory in the semifinals against Andrey Rublev, the Californian did not even know if he could return to the clue. Good idea : ” In the end, I went out on the court and played without any pain. I didn’t hear anything! I still don’t know how it’s possible to have gone from one end to the other in a few hours … “Perhaps the opposite, Nadal, who was hit in the ribs, was even more paralyzed.

Sensation of the month: Ashleigh Barty

He finally said father. Exhausted and fed up, Ashleigh Barty, winner of the last Australian Open, has decided this week to save her rackets. Voice full of emotion, the world number 1 made this sensational announcement on his Instagram account through a very simple video, in his image as an anti-star, claiming to be ” so happy and so prepared “convinced that” is correct That is, starting at the top, at the top of the WTA hierarchy, having played one last game in Melbourne, with three Grand Slams won on the CV. However, there was no warning sign of this. even if, on closer inspection, Barty seemed to be increasingly limiting his travels away from his beloved Australia, where he would soon marry his longtime love, Gary Kissick. and thank you.

The series of the month: Iga Swiatek

Unstable for many years, the head of the WTA rankings is completely lost! After the departure of Ashleigh Barty, it is Iga Swiatek, almost unbeatable since the beginning of the year and winner in Indian Wells, who takes the throne. ” There is no better person than her to become number 1then christened Barty. It’s amazing and it totally deserves it. A good tribute to the young Pole, a fan of Rafael Nadal, who has just won his third Masters 1000 in three finals, his second in 2022. At 20 years old, Swiatek above all has a great future ahead and can take advantage of a competition who struggles to be regular. The queen is gone, long live the queen!

The bomb of the month: Rafael Nadal

Yes, the Christmas ogre, the almost invincible Christmas, finally gave way, trapped in Indian Wells by a pain then unknown. ” When I breathe, it’s like a needle going downhe explained at a press conference after his defeat in the final to Taylor Fritz. I get a little dizzy because it hurts. It’s a pain that limits me a lot. “A handsome player, but he wanted to conclude as follows:” I did my best, but it wasn’t my day. He was from Tayor, he deserves his victory. The next day, the medical verdict fell: this pain in the left pectoral was the result of a stress crack in a rib that required at least a month of rest. The Spanish warrior, who appeared tired throughout the California tournament, will finally be able to breathe. It can be a blessing in disguise before heading to Roland-Garros, where we hope that the Spaniard, who had to draw a line under the start of the season on clay, is 100%. It would still be a shame not to enjoy its scary 2022 version any longer.

The newcomer of the month: Carlos Alcaraz (yes, again)

How could it be otherwise? A semi-finalist in Indian Wells, Carlos Alcaraz continues to confirm his status as a “baby Christmas”: relentless power, strong mind and strokes of genius that already have many fans, including Gaël Monfils, dry in the round of 16 for the Prodigy. . ” He has a lifetime to do exceptional things, which I think he will dothen he greeted the Frenchman. He is really nice. It has a very sporty side to it. His game looks great: he hits, he gets on the go, he does everything very well. Much better than me. We hope you have an outstanding career. “Nadal himself christened him after beating him at the gates of the final:” He has all the ingredients: passion, humility to work hard, talent and physique. It reminds me a lot of things from when I was 17-18. Competition can shake.

French of the month: Gaël Monfils

As world number 1 Daniil Medvedev beat Indian Wells, winning the first set with a serve below, Gaël Monfils deserves the honor of being the Frenchman of the month. This is only the second time that the Monf ‘has achieved such a feat, after winning Christmas in Doha in 2009. Too bad if there was a brave defeat against Carlos Alcaraz behind, then another defeat, a little less glorious , against Francisco. Round him off in the third round in Miami. He was already big.

Tears of the Month: Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka exploded, again. Interspersed with a viewer who launched a very unelegant ” Naomi, that sucks! “The American-Japanese came out prematurely in Indian Wells against much less talented than her, ending the match in tears before speaking into the microphone in front of an audience that in the past had taken an aversion to the sisters “Viktoria Azarenka also cried in the middle of the game during her defeat to Elena Rybakina. Adding Barty ‘s early retirement at just 25 years old.” exhausted in her words, or that of Kiki Bertens before her 30th birthday a few months ago, it is the WTA circuit as a whole that is sending alarming signals. Wouldn’t we be facing a kind of collective exhaustion? In any case, Osaka has now decided to call a therapist to help him improve and overcome his strokes less well.

Hit of the month: Maxime Cressy

Maxime Cressy signed Christopher Eubanks to Indian Wells the slowest ace in history. We let you admire this madness that defies the laws of logic (and tennis).

The return of the month: Stan Wawrinka

Since my knee injury almost five years ago, my dream is to win an ATP tournament before I quit. A 250, a 500, a Masters 1000, whatever. Stan Wawrinka has yet to reach his goal, the last of his formidable career, but he has already won a fight as he prepares to return to competition in the Challenger tournament in Marbella. It is enough to give hope that he will soon be imitated by his compatriot and friend Roger Federer, who plans to return to the tracks for late summer or early autumn.

The (almost) Oscar winners of the month: the Williams sisters

Will Smith’s slap on Chris Rock during the March 27 Oscars should not overshadow the winners of this 94th edition, with the Oscar for Best Actor given precisely to Will Smith for his portrayal of Richard Williams in the dedicated The Williams Method biopic. to the most famous tennis sisters. Venus and Serena were also present on this occasion, dressed in their most beautiful costumes. This Oscar is for them too.

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