Tennis. At Roland Garros, a look back on a Tuesday of pure madness

Tuesday’s lineup already promised a tennis orgy. Roland-Garros offers these days of each year in which the protagonists of the circuit and the French are almost all together, those in which the ticket holders are said to have had their noses empty when choosing the date. Of course, the two chiefs (Nadal and Djokovic) were absent, but even without them, we quickly found ourselves without knowing where to turn in the corridors of the Porte d’Auteuil.

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In a stadium full since the beginning of the fortnight, the influx of public has once again been very high, almost overwhelming when it comes to finding the track that makes you happy. Many armed themselves with patience from 11 a.m. and the first exchanges. Around the short numbers 7, 11 or 12, hundreds of people were there, in a single row, hoping to see the Frenchman Ugo Humbert, the world number 15 Denis Shapovalov or even a Djere – Berankis.

Victory of reference and dramaturgy

But that day will be well remembered for what happened next. To this attractive program, the French and a few others have added important victories, dramaturgy, very strong emotions. Everything that makes the salt of the Paris Grand Slam gathered in a few hours, or rather in a long day, began in the late morning, ending after one in the morning in a small commission but in an explosive atmosphere on the court of Simonne-Mathieu.

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At the time, led by an army of furious, Gilles Simon had just snatched one of his greatest hits in a Major by overthrowing the 18-year-old Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta.i player of the world and the land in danger for a crazy evening. The magic of the five-set matches and the special atmosphere of Roland-Garros had just taken place, which is also during a long “night session”. Ask the 2021 finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas, scheduled for 9 pm at the Central for the needs of the stations, on the edge of the precipice two hours later, with his chest finally bulging in Paris around midnight, surrounded by thousands of brave conquered , wrapped in blankets lent by the tournament for some. Roland-Garros on his sofa, without heating, with the feeling of living something special.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga said goodbye to the French public and professional tennis on Tuesday. | AFP

In this area, Hugo Gaston had pushed the plug even further a little earlier. The love affair between Toulouse and Roland-Garros escalated further on a wild Suzanne-Lenglen track, electrified by a 21-year-old boy who had made a name for himself two years earlier, knocking down Wawrinka and shaking Thiem in the round of 16. .

Hugo Gaston, the madness continues

This time, the boy, still armed with his seductive game and his amortized abundance, became the first Frenchman to win a super tie-break (set this year) in the history of the tournament. At 6-6 in the fifth set, the whole cost was stopped, in communion with the one who told them a very beautiful story.

Like Carreno Busta, his rival Alex De Minaur, another series leader, did not enjoy much of certain moments or attitudes in the stands. Roland-Garros had set aside his perfectly tailored hats and dresses, opened a button or two, caught in a whirlwind of emotions, ready to jump at every winning point.

A few hundred steps away, on the most imposing stage of the stadium, the highlight of the day had arrived a little earlier. The French day was a success (victories of Alizé Cornet, Richard Gasquet, Caroline Garcia, Hugo Gaston and Gilles Simon) despite the many defeats (Ugo Humbert, Adrian Mannarino, Fiona Ferro, Chloé Paquet, Tessah Andrianjafitrimo, Benoit Paire, Benjamin Bonzi, Arthur). Rinderknech, Lucas Pouille).

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This kept the best French tennis player still active. With this desire to be a part of it, this fear of the great leap into the void, because Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had chosen his time to retire. Not without struggle, as throughout his rich career.

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For about four hours, the Manceau will have passed all the emotions to the 15,000 people in the Philippe-Chatrier court. The surprise at a new level of play, the strong excitement at the time of a Marseilles song sung in the middle of the game and a touching farewell ceremony, the sadness of seeing him injured just before his last racket blows. Tsonga, thirteen Roland Garros and two semi-finals in Paris in the first leg, will not return to this track. For this reason and a few more, it was a very special Tuesday at Roland Garros.

Tennis. At Roland Garros, a look back on a Tuesday of pure madness

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