April 19, 2022
From 8 to 15 May, the BNP Paribas Primrose tournament in Bordeaux returns after two canceled editions. For this edition, a strong cast with several big names who will walk the slopes of the village of Primrose.
Three years of absence due to the pandemic
The 13th edition of BNP Paribas Primrose promises nice surprises second Jean-Baptiste Perlant, the director of the tournament. “It is a pleasure and a great satisfaction to announce this list of players who will be present with us. The tournament has been suspended for two years due to the health crisis. It was a great job since September to restart the machine, find all our partners and believe in this project. Today, three weeks before the tournament, having a density and strength of players in this edition is quite extraordinary. We have a good mix of old champions trying to revive themselves and also young world tennis nuggets. An exciting edition awaits us in may “.
Jean-Baptiste Perlant, director of the BNP Paribas Primrose tournament © photo ARL – Dorian Malvesin
8 French at the final table
Among the big names in tennis who will take part in the competition, we can find the headline of the 2019 edition: Lucas Pouille. The former world number 10 of 2018, now 157th in the ATP, will take part in the tournament thanks to a “Wild card”. He will defend his title against three other ex-top 10: the Spanish Fernando Verdasco (number 7 in 2009), the American jack sock (number 8 in 2017) and French Richard Gasquet (number 7 in 2007), winner of the tournament in its third edition in 2010 against Michaël Llodra. Another French player present in this edition, the winner of the four “Grand Slams” (Australian Open, Roland-Garros, Wimbledon and US Open) in doubles with Nicolas Mahut, the Alsatian. Pierre-Hugues Herbert (142nd) which will go directly to the final table.
Benjamin Bonzi during the 2017 edition © photo ARL – Loic Cousin
Jewelry during the tournament
In 2017 in this same tournament, Nîmes Benjamin Bonzi he was 306th in the world in the ATP rankings and had created a surprise during this edition by losing in the 1/2 final. Today he is the 59th in the world and the series leader of the tournament.
Another nugget will also be present at this Bordeaux tournament: Hugo Gaston, who had made a spectacular career in Roland-Garros in 2020, significantly eliminating the Swiss Stan Wawrinka. The player who “he dreamed of having” Jean-Baptiste Perlandthe director of the tournament, lost in the round of 16 on clay in Paris against Dominic Thiem. “He has an extraordinary game, he shone in Roland-Garros and recently in Bercy, the general public, young people and tennis fans will be eager to see him evolve on the courts of Villa Primrose.“.
Corentin Moutet (112th), Quentin Halys (102nd) i Jeremy Chardy (236th), will also be all present in this Primerose tournament, and they are also likely to attract attention. On the other hand, bad news regarding the former world number 5, Jo Wilfried Tsongawho later announced his retirement Roland Garros, finally he will not take part in the Gironde tennis tournament.
Jérémy Chardy during the 2018 edition © photo ARL – Loic Cousin
A reluctance to hold the tournament
The tournament director BNP Paribas Primrose, Jean-Baptiste Perlant admitted that after the announcement of the postponement of the Bordeaux International Jumping setting up in early February, the organization thought of doing the same: “it was necessary to follow the evolution of health restrictions, restrictions. We were lucky that the tournament was held outdoors with the vagaries of the weather conditions. We thought that in May we could have fewer health restrictions imposed between wearing a mask, checking the pass at the entrance … It would have complicated our task, it is not easy to restart the tournament after two canceled editions but we have maintained a good dynamic. in 2019, which was one of the most beautiful editions of the tournament with the victory of Lucas Pouille. We had to reassemble the project, rebuild the site and return to the volunteers. We had to restart everything, we are delighted and delighted to see, three weeks before the tournament, all the work that has been done since September. We can’t wait to be there“.
The tournament goes from 110 to 125
Recently ranked tournament ATP Challenger 125 (and no longer 110), several changes should be noted: “it’s a bold bet to go from ATP 110 to 125. These are extra costs for us, is more cash prize for players, but it was to have more players in the World Top 100, more players in World 140 and players will earn more points in the ATP rankings. In front of us will be the Master 1000 in Rome. We had to negotiate and convince people to come to us. Then, at Villa Primrose, the players will have quite extraordinary training and match conditions, this is what the players are looking for before Roland-Garros. They know that in Bordeaux we play on clay and with the same ball as in Roland-Garros“, explains the director of the tournament that takes place one weekend before the start of the French Open.
Disability support day
Throughout the week, apart from tennis lessons, the organization has devised a rich program that includes Disability support day in collaboration with the Mayor of Bordeaux. “There will be a great inclusion program on sports for the disabled and wheelchair tennis. For us, this is an important event. Through tennis we contribute something else and this is what interests us in the city of Bordeaux, the two aspects of sport and the inclusion that sport can bring. The district supports the sports section for the disabled with a rich program with conferences, meetings, tests on sports for the disabled. We hope they succeed, tennis is popular, we want to support the inclusive side“, says the deputy mayor of Caudéran district, Pascale Bousquet Pitt.
[Par Dorian Malvesin, (couverture Lucas Pouille) © photo ARL – Loic Cousin]