ITW – Fabrice Santoro: “The FFT has the means to do so much better” #Santoro # RG22 #Monfils #Tennis #RolandGarros #FFT

Fabrice Santoro, a player for 21 years, then a commentator and tennis specialist, still has an interesting opinion on the world of yellow ball. The former champion was in Paris on Wednesday as the new ambassador of the Belambra Children’s Tennis, Group Tennis Program Belambra. The opportunity for Tennis News to debate with the old 17 of the world the situation of the French tennis, masculine and feminine, of the der ‘of Jo Wilfried Tsonga a Roland Garros but also of his record that he will probably never be beaten Porte d’Auteuil.

Fabrice Santoro in French tennis before Roland-Garros!

“I think the FFT has the means to do so much better. With the means we have, you can’t be satisfied with this reservoir.”

No surprise Fabrice Santoro not very optimistic for the next one Roland Garros next to the Tricolors. “We want to believe it, but not having a Frenchman in the second week would be logical“, he laments.Even if Gaël is able to go to the second week, quarters, halves or more … We are really at the bottom of the wave. Since the beginning of my career, in the late 80’s, I have not had such a difficult period. “Bad luck” would be too simple. This gap shows that for 30 years we have had very good players. We haven’t won a Grand Slam tournament in over 40 years, but many players have reached the top 10 and the majors semifinals. I’m only talking about men’s tennis because the girls have won big titles. I think the FFT has the means to do so much better. With the means at our disposal, it is not possible to be satisfied with this deposit.“, continued the former quarterfinals of theAustralian Open.

“The end of JO’s career is the farewell of an iconic player of the last 20 years”

The farewells of Jo Wilfried Tsonga they are eagerly awaited. A page will rotate. Fabrice Santoro that is why he wanted to pay tribute to Le Manceau. “The end of JO’s career is the farewell of an iconic player of the last 20 years. He was criticized, we would have liked him to win a Grand Slam title, but what a career! A sometimes hesitant physique, absences, rehabilitation processes … How many times has he done it in his career! A bit like a Rafael Nadal. He knew how to get back. He could challenge the best in the world and beat them at least once. Thanks Me! If you see a tear, it will train me … I hope the FFT prepares a good party for you. He deserves it!

At the Roland-Garros wildcards? “We must favor the new without forgetting the old”

The subject of wildcards for that Roland Garros 2022 is complex. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lucas Pouille, Gilles Simon, Pierre-Hugues Herbert but also young people who need experience … There will be options to do. “It is essential to train young people and make them discover the professional world. We must favor the new without forgetting the old. I, Gilles, all those who helped France in the Davis Cup … I think of Pierre-Hugues Herbert. All of these players deserve to be helped by the federation in difficult times. We help the new ones but we don’t forget the old ones“, hope Fabrice Santoro.

On the difficulties of French women’s tennis: “Maybe we should change our method …”

As for French women’s tennis, it’s hard to be optimistic. Not more Alize Cornet is in the Top 50 and the recent defeat in Italy en BJK Cup he didn’t fix anything. “Maybe we should change the method … “, assumes Santoro. “We don’t see many girls who can star in the coming years. I hope I’m wrong but I find it difficult. The Czechs come out left, right, base, front. Lots of players all the time. Kvitova may be nearing the end of her career and other players are already taking over. “regrets.

“When I break a record, I’m delighted …”

Finally, to conclude with a lighter note, the winner of the Davis Cup in 1991 but also in 2001 evoked his record in Roland Garros. The 6:33 against Arnaud Clement one day in May 2004. Presumably, with the introduction of the tie-break on the 5th of September this year, the record will be very difficult to achieve. “I’m calm! (Smiles) You know the records are made to break. When I break a record, I’m thrilled. Okay I think. With the new decision, 6:33 will be difficult to overcome with a tie-break in the 5th“, he concluded with a smile.

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