And when does the Frenchman Carlos Alcaraz arrive?

At Roland Garros,

Let’s not deny the unbridled enthusiasm that some Tarantino scenarios brought in the first days. But here it is, it’s only Friday, and French players still at the men’s table are as rare as an LREM candidate in the legislative election without a pan in their buttocks. Therefore, we are forced, despite our love for Gaston and Simon, to return to our existential jealousies. But why, why after imposing the Christmas yoke on us for two millennia, Spain has still discovered a nugget of precocity-never-seen-from-Rafa while tricolor tennis splashes around every corner to dig up his Carlos Alcaraz? WHY, WHY DON’T WE ALSO HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAPPINESS ????

“With us, spend 2 rounds and finish at the Cannes Film Festival”

To tell you how frustrating it is, the other night we were caught pushing silently behind Ramos-Vinolas, with the secret hope that the new wonder of world tennis would sink miserably against a 75-year-old compatriot. But no, the boy is already building his legend based on deglingos steps and saved game points after four hours of play, encouraged by prepubescent children who have already betrayed, for lack of such a promising idol at home. This Franco-French irritation of the grand champion’s incomplete search provides some of the answer, and it’s the only Grand Slam tricolor winner, Yannick Noah, who tells 20 minutes.

“To get a place on the cover of a Spanish tennis magazine, you have to win everyone. With us you only have to spend two rounds and play a game at the Central, you have the first page and then you go to the Cannes festival. It really happened and more! In Spain, you have Christmas, of course, Moya who has won three Roland-Garros, Bruguera, you know the victory. To name a few, the bar is high if you want people to talk about you. ”

Richard Gasquet, the last teenager in the house stamped with genius, confirms half a word in his biography Conversely and against everything, published this week by Stock, about his youthful rivalry with Christmas. “I once talked to his uncle Toni about how much they had enjoyed working in the comfortable shade of his island, without pressure. They coexisted with Carlos Moya, winner of a Grand Slam title. Even on his small perimeter, they took him for a simple hope that he still had everything to prove. In Spain we didn’t care about Christmas! There was no such thing as a centralized federation that we have in France, the big machine that seeks to make the smallest nugget shine to power the model. In the feverish expectation of a successor to Yannick Noah, I was thrown into the light. »

The level of coaches, the place of heritage

The famous media pressure that would too quickly escort the course of a vaguely successful child when he was young? The reproach has been addressed to us often enough not to dismiss him with a gesture of contempt. It is not, however, a French evil. Spain, to return to, has also had its share of fallen stars ahead of its time. Carlos Boluda, double winner of Les Petits As in 2006 and 2007, left the ramp last year without ever entering the top 200: “I never would have imagined that the boy who was 11 or 12 years old could generate so much expectation and pressure. »

Proof that it was not a previous conclusion that Alcaraz swallowed the pressure on his neck to the point of becoming 6th in the world before his 20th birthday. The construction of the champion, we keep repeating to the richest Fed in the world or not far away, is both a matter of individual will and the result of a development in an arch-branded system like France.

And what ? We go back to our Ritchie’s book on another topic: “I was missing a great coach at the beginning of my career. Someone who really knows, who has high-level experience, and masters the range of skills needed to support the best hopes, from mental management to match technique and tactics. Even today, this state of affairs remains a great regret. I can say with more certainty that I analyzed Alcaraz’s first steps on the circuit, guided by Juan Carlos Ferrero, winner of Roland-Garros. Surely Ferrero has saved this player for three years. Alcaraz envy, enjoy a priceless treasure. »

Opening to private academies

This idea is all the more interesting because it goes against what he likes to think of French tennis: a country of great coaches who train the most creative players on the circuit, or almost, the rest is the responsibility of all, of characters to reveal , or not. Everything is true: the legitimacy of the national coaches as well as their lack of success among the boys. We remember this confidence from Winogradsky, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s head coach, in his final at the Australian Open in 2008. Quickly … That day he was stronger than Djokovic, but he didn’t know how to put it back when need. and he didn’t know how to tell her. »

In his own way, Tsonga also seeks to remedy this by sponsoring the BNP Paribas Young Talents Team. These are not the recommendations of a Grand Slam winner, but of a double Roland semi-finalist, and you can take it: “He gives us advice on mind, diet or even technique, all that includes tennis. “It’s the 350th player in the world. It’s good that a player like him can pass on his experience. He encourages us to rub shoulders with him and guide us in our early careers.”

The brand new retiree has also been offered a private academy, which is no longer seen as the big bad wolf by The FFT. The latter has long been sworn in by the dominant local / France / CNT club model in Paris, which has not only brought misfortune. But Alcaraz hatched in Murcia, in a lost corner, and never needed to go up to Madrid to train for a size.

Carlos Alcaraz and a Grand Slam winner. – David Winter / Shutterstock / SIPA

“France is a tennis nation, it will recover”

Comment by Jean-René Lisnard, founder of the Elite Center in Cannes, where Daniil Medvedev trains: “I don’t see where it is difficult to have a dialogue between the Fed and the academies. Tomorrow, if a Frenchman wins the US Open, whether he has trained in Italy, at a center in Angoulême, at the CNE or in England with his father, the same thing happens. We will even add that private projects, all set up in the south of France, offer the possibility of training abroad all year round, a shortcoming detected for the best French aspirants based in Paris. Gonzalo López, Diane Parry’s coach, forced his protégé to go on tour in South America to cut his teeth: “In Paris, he trains indoors all the time, he needs to play long matches. , accumulate points, learn to slide. ”

“We don’t have to stay in this negative spiral that shouldn’t be, Judge Camille Pin, a consultant for the Amazon tournament. France is a tennis nation, it will recover. Maybe we should plan things together and work together. Everyone wants more. Starting with the great potential of tomorrow? Pauline Parmentier, who left the rackets in 2020, sometimes wonders about the desire of aspiring professionals:

“It’s a completely different generation from ours. The last time I talked to a young woman about the Miami final, she hadn’t even seen a summary. It’s your sport, it’s where you want to go, be curious, go look for it. That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there. ” “In this case, we hope that many of them have put the stick to admire the rage of the victory of Alcaraz against Ramos-Vinolas. It cannot be bought at Carrefour, as the great French patriot Kylian Mbappé would say.

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