Heartbeat, blues beat, heat stroke: return to the Roland-Garros of the French

The blues beat: the der by Gilles Simon and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Two French tennis monuments have been fired from Roland Garros this week. Gilles Simon and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, both 37, walked out the front door, at the Philippe-Chatrier, after one last heroic cavalcade. The eldest of the four Musketeers, however, advanced Porte d’Auteuil with the label of early retirees, invited to a final round of honor without the level of tennis being up to par.

For his last Roland-Garros, Gilles Simon advanced to the third round. (S. Boué / The team)

The draw for the first round, Casper Ruud (n ° 8) for Tsonga and Pablo Carreno Busta (n ° 18) for Simon, also foreshadowed a quick end, and the need to arrive in time to enjoy the last slides. of the French. . It was just the opposite. Tsonga and Simon remembered their best years, when they dominated the Top 10 and delighted the audience on the tracks.

Favorites: Léolia Jeanjean and Diane Parry are invited to the party

This first half of the fortnight will have seen the emergence in the third round of two Frenchmen that no one saw to get here: Léolia Jeanjean and Diane Parry. The first is a ghost, the second a revelation. To get there, the two performed powerful and unexpected performances against members of the Top 10.

Diane Parry, 19, reached the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her young career.  (S. Boué / The team)

Diane Parry, 19, reached the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her young career. (S. Boué / The team)

Jeanjean’s story is out of the ordinary. The 227e World player had put his career on hold before trying his luck again at 26 years old. The Montpellier native had to register for the RSA to return to the circuit, although she took it with her first two Grand Slam victories: against the Spanish Nuria Parrizas-Diaz (6-4, 6-3 ) and especially against the serial number no. 8, the Czech Karolina Pliskova whom she crushed in 1:17 (6-2, 6-2). The epic ended abruptly on Saturday against Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu.

For the younger of the two, Diane Parry (19), this Roland-Garros looks more like a promise. That of a player who will aim at the heights. The one-handed right-back has signed one of the biggest sensations offered by the defending champion and world number 2 Barbora Krejcikova. Overcome in the first set, he knocked down the Czech in more than two hours of play (1-6, 6-2, 6-3). Then the table opened and he took advantage of it against Camila Osorio (6-3, 6-3) before falling on Stephens.

The heat stroke: an audience on fire behind his Frenchman

“In arms” sent at one in the morning, waves thrown at all costs, unwavering support for Gilles Simon and Hugo Gaston throughout their journey … French fans used a panoply worthy of stadium football to support to their protégés. . After two years under glass due to Covid, Roland-Garros has found a glowing atmosphere in the bays and bleachers.

To the delight of the tricolor clan that did not fail to emphasize the warmth of the audience. Others have complained, starting with Latvian Jelena Ostapenko who covered her ears on the track to drown out the noise coming from Chatrier to support Alizé Cornet. After the meeting, the latter thanked: “I have played matches here, but I have never experienced such an atmosphere. They were hot potatoes! From the first to the last point they didn’t let me go, they took me on foot. »

Hugo Gaston fell in the third round against Rune after managing two full games.  (Sébastien Boué / The Team)

Hugo Gaston fell in the third round against Rune after managing two full games. (Sébastien Boué / The Team)

Gaston loves Paris and Paris loves Gaston. Started in September 2020 at the turn of an eighth in Roland, the love story between the young leftist and the capital has continued this week. Hugo Gaston offered Suzanne-Lenglen a magical evening of which only he has the secret from the first round against Alex de Minaur. A victory in the super tie-break against the 20e world player after taking a bubble in the fourth (4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 0-6, 7-6 [4]), was enough to propel the Languedoc Toulouse in front of the stage.

The master of damping confirmed the match after beating in three sets the Argentine Pedro Cachin (6-4, 6-2, 6-4). Unfortunately for him, Holger Rune’s pace was too high and the hope of finding the eighth was shattered in the evening session at the Chatrier on Saturday evening (6-3, 6-3, 6-3).

The cold: a zero marked on the third lap

Like the elimination of Hugo Gaston, the crazy week of the French clan took over in the third round. The results of the days on Friday and Saturday were even catastrophic: the five Tricolors in the race did not win a single set. None of them were favorites, but all presented an opportunity to go further.

Alizé Cornet was forced to give up the Zheng (No. 74) when she had lost the first nine games played (6-0, 3-0). The revelations Jeanjean and Parry fell to Begu (6-1, 6-4) and Stephens (6-2, 6-3) respectively. Simon, meanwhile, lost his second game in eight matches against Croatia’s Marin Cilic (6-0, 6-3, 6-2).

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