Roland Garros. The French tennis party is over

There have been five in the third round and they have all said goodbye to Roland-Garros this Saturday, May 28th. Léolia Jeanjean, Alizé Cornet, Gilles Simon and Hugo Gaston are no longer present at the table of the Paris tournament. French tennis will have to do without representatives in the second week of the Paris Grand Slam, one more year.

Simon, it’s just a goodbye

We quickly realized that it would be tricky for “Gilou” against Cilic (6-0, 6-3, 6-2). Overwhelmed in the exchange and physically, the Frenchman has finished his Roland-Garros against a player who has usually dominated during his career (6 wins to 2 losses, including yesterday). It is not enough to undermine the morale of the Nice, for whom their presence at this level of the tournament was a matter of “miracle”.

Honored by the French Tennis Federation and celebrated by the Chatrier audience at the end of the match, Simon entertained the gallery with his last words at Porte d’Auteuil. “I was 3 Voltaren and 6 Doliprane before the game. All that’s left is morphine …”he laughed, referring to his right hip not doing it “Can’t move anymore”. “My kids doubt I could play tennis well at the same time”jokes the niches again.

Taking stock of this course, the former 6th in the world only retained the positive: “I’m very happy. I put everything I had. I just feel very lucky. Obviously I was hoping to do better, but Cilic had a very good game, I think he made three mistakes … In any case, he didn’t do enough (River). »

And Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who played his last game a few days earlier, to pay tribute to him: “With Gilles, they got up together in quotes, because our parents were far away. We told each other a few years ago, imagine you play Roland against Safin and in the end you win … We have made our dreams come true. »

“He did very well and was much more demonstrative with the audience.”believes Cédric Pioline, director of the Paris-Bercy tournament, which should be the place for the real last step of Gilles Simon, who will retire at the end of the season.

Cornet, from laughter to tears

There was a great atmosphere during his victory over Ostapenko on Thursday, and yesterday was the abyss when he came out injured under a whistle. Alizé Cornet will not be in the round of 16 after her retirement from Zheng, due to a tear in the adductor muscles.

But that’s not what hurt him the most. “It’s sad to end like this, he began to say, before tears welled up in his eyes. What amazes me is that people dare to boo me. It sucks because it’s unfair. It’s a bunch of idiots, but it hurts my heart. »

Although he doubts his career, the French public may have lost his farewell to the Niçoise.

Jeanjean had a date, Gaston frustrated

“I had the best time of my life”, said Léolia Jeanjean, eliminated against Begu. The Montpellier comet detonated and enchanted the clay tracks of Roland-Garros. Looking forward to seeing her again next year, when she should reach her best ranking on Monday (145e). At the end of the evening, Hugo Gaston was struck by lightning against young Dane Holger Rune (40th). “It’s a defeat that hurts enough and I have to work on it “He loved it.

Roland Garros. The French tennis party is over

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