can french tennis prevent another fiasco?

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French tennis still looks gloomy. A year after an already disastrous edition of Roland-Garros, where no player had passed the second round in the individual draws, the French players are more than ever in uncertainty. After the package of the best tricolor, Gaël Monfils, 22nd in the world, for the first time in more than 20 years, none of them will be the series leader this year at Roland-Garros, a tournament of which Europa 1 is the official radio. So are there any reasons to expect a French performance anyway?

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Will the “musketeers” be there?

The mission promises to be complex. First of all, the “Musketeers” clan, which brings together the four best Frenchmen of the last 15 years, does not arrive in great shape and is separated from its best element: Gael Monfils. Two more members of this renowned club, Jo Wilfried Tsonga, who announced that he would retire at the end of the tournament, and Gilles Simon who will stop at the end of the year, live a tenuous end of their career. Still, a musketeer looks in good shape: Richard Gasquet. The 35-year-old Biterrois, 75th in the world, acted this week by eliminating the number 2 Daniil Medvedev in Geneva. A victory that can give him confidence, as he has not played a third round in a Grand Slam for almost six years.

Other French players who have already played in the past are struggling to regain their best level, such as now Lucas Pouillewhich slowly takes over the circuit, or the unpredictable Benoit Parella. Therefore, they do not arrive in the best conditions before Roland-Garros. Pierre-Hugues Herbertwinner of the doubles tournament twice, was released in the standings.

Alizé Cornet, the tallest Frenchwoman in the tricolor clan

France’s best hopes for the 2022 edition could rest Alize Cornet. At 32, Niçoise is the best ranked French clan, with a 40th place finish in the WTA rankings. His season is stronga quarter-final at the Australian Open earlier this year, his best Grand Slam performance of his career. However, the Habs has not been able to shine on clay so far. He will want to raise his head in a tournament he especially enjoys, and where he reached the round of 16 in 2017.

Always among the ladies, the French Carolina Garcia (73rd worldwide) i Kristina Mladenovic (110th), who have already reached the quarterfinals in Porte d’Auteuil, are going through a difficult period and are also struggling to regain the sensations of yesteryear.

Young players ready to take over?

If the image of French tennis leaves little room for optimism, the tricolor salute could go through its succession, asHugo Gaston. Tolousain is still trying to confirm his excellent performance in the 2020 edition. However, six months ago, the 22-year-old tennis player managed to defeat the Spanish phenomenon Carlos Alcaraz at the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy. Let’s see what the 21-year-old tennis player has in store for him this year, in a season so far more than slow.

So far it is Ugo Humbert, 23, who will be the best ranked Frenchman in the men’s team with his 45th place in the world, but clay is not his favorite surface. Other promising players like Benjamin Bonzi (53rd), Quentin Halys (86th), Clara Burel (95th), Diane Parry (96), or even the early Sean Cuenin who will play the third round at the age of 18, are eagerly awaited by the French Tennis Federation, which hopes to see them come to light. Raise your French tennis head.

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