Certainly they have never been so numerous or noisy as this year at Roland-Garros. On the verge of igniting at the slightest opportunity, celebrating the first points of the match as seven points, the 600,000 spectators who have made the trip during the last fortnight, Porte d’Auteuil, have not shied away from the pleasure of returning, after of two editions ballasted by the covid.
Delighted by the show offered by Nadal, Zverev, Cilic and other Swiatek, they barely had a chance to come to the aid of the French players, except for the departures of Tsonga and Simon (quite a symbol, from another place ) and Gaston’s fleeting advances. , Parry or Jeanjean. Nor is it enough to raise the curtain, except for Gabriel Debru’s victory in the junior tournament.
“Deep questioning asked”
In Roland’s stretches, the mood of the audience ranged from no reaction – feeling fed up with the force of habit – to annoyance and fatality. “Everyone knew it would end on the first Saturday, and no one expected Gaston, Simon, Parry or Jeanjean to fight for the title,” Alexandre, Nancy’s spectator, explained in the middle of the tournament. A little further on, Sophie, a tennis fan living in the Paris region, was more vehement: Of the 28 initially registered (men and women combined), none were able to win three games in a row. A deep questioning of the Fed is essential! “.
“It’s easy to beat the supervisors, the coaches, the authorities. But it is up to everyone to ask the right questions. Since you can put a Toni Nadal or a Vajda on a player who doesn’t really know where he wants to go, what do you think he will do? »
“Basic problem” and “ongoing reform”
That’s right, current tricolor tennis officials say they are not sparing their efforts to overhaul the system. If he did not want to “comment on the results of the French,” Gilles Moretton, president of the FFT since February 2021, notes that “the basic problems are still there” and recalls that “we are in a real reform of the DTN.” today”. Led by a group of former players (Escudé, Benneteau, Mathieu, Grosjean), the reflection aims to review “the support that the Federation offers to players”. “Because the work at the base is good, and it will provide us with a substantial breeding ground. Where we are not well is in the high level sector. Nor am I used to not seeing the French in the second week, ”continues Moretton, for whom“ it is also now that we will realize how the Musketeers generation has had extraordinary results ”.
“If we were left behind from the beginning …”
The “basic work” in question refers to everything that Nicolas Escudé, whom Moretton appointed DTN a month after taking office, has been able to do “for a year”. That is, “traveling through France, meeting with the thirteen regional metropolitan and overseas leagues, to remobilize our regional technical teams (ETRs) and reposition them,” he said during “Roland.” “Because they were no longer doing what they were aiming for: detection, training, support?” If from the beginning we are left behind, we can always expect it, the next generation “, he had advanced more, without hiding.
“It simply came to our notice then. One generation is turning the page, and the one below is hard, we have to say what it is. We don’t have Alcaraz, we don’t have Rune, but we have good players and good players “. How long will this bath last? “It simply came to our notice then. Everyone has to take the measure of the task that belongs to us: from the director of the DTN that I am to the teacher of the club ”.
Escudé: “We are not here to do social work”
The last stage of the rocket concerns the involvement of the tricolor players themselves. “It’s simple, tennis in France: you can live there easily without having oversized goals, knowing that the Federation is there and that you can benefit from a wildcard. The high level is constantly pushing your limits, not just waiting for it to fall, “Escudé said. Mladenovic, Mannarino, omitting Pauline Parmentier, today at the Fédé), up to forty for some (all tournaments together).
“It’s easy to beat the supervisors, the coaches, the authorities. But it is up to everyone to ask the right questions. Since you can put a Toni Nadal or a Vajda on a player who doesn’t really know where he wants to go, what do you think he will do? We are not here to do social work “, Escudé exclaims, adding that” yes, we will have to shake the coconut tree. Some have probably fallen asleep on their laurels. It is up to us to remobilize, revitalize and clean up. ” The tone is set.