Roland-Garros follow each other and look alike to the blues: since 2017, there is no French man, both men and women, Didn’t make it to the quarter-finals Porte d’Auteuil. For men, you have to go back to 2016 to find a trace of such a performance with Richard Gasquet. last year, No French made it to the third round of the men’s table. But what about this year, can we hope for the best?
It must be said that French tennis is not going through the most beautiful period in its history. Between announcing the retirement of some of the “new jockeys”, such as Gilles Simon and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who will play the last Roland Garros, or the withdrawal of Gael Monfils, France’s top-ranked ATP man (22), It is difficult to present himself in the tournament.
Especially as the new generation goes in the water: 2 wins in 6 matches for Ugo Humbert on clay this season, 1 in 4 matches for Hugo Gaston… Among the women, first Frenchwoman Alizee Cornet (40), to perform at the Australian Open, stays positioned Two defeats in the first round in Madrid and Rome.
The blues are not polished by lottery
If the skies aren’t too bright for French tennis players, Thursday’s draw doesn’t give more light on the board. Of the men, 15 Frenchmen take part in the main lottery, reasonably Between 5 and 7 real chances in the second round. For Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (ranked 267) and Gilles Simon (ranked 159), their last matches will likely end at Roland Garros. As soon as they entered the raceCasper Rudd (eighth) and Pablo Carreno Busta (seventeenth) were respectively opposed. Others will also have a lot to do, such as Benjamin Ponzi (53rd place) against Francis Tiafoe (27th) or Grégoire Barry (209) against Taro Daniel (105).
Reasons to believe it may be by Richard Gasquet (75), who just showed world number 2 Daniil Medvedev in Geneva. Be careful in the same way with Biterrois, dangerous opponent Lloyd Harris (37) in the first round. We also hope besides Benoit Paire (67), Often by the Parisian public, who returned to victory this week and who will oppose the arrival of Ilya Ivashka (50). We’ll also follow Ugo Humbert (45th place), who will have his chances against Finn Emil Rossovoori (61) as well as the undecided duel because it’s so tempting. Between Corentin Moutet (139) and Stan Wawrinka (257).
On the ladies’ side, the table was more open, with 13 French women taking part in the run. If some of the three colors inherit big seeds in the first round, like Fiona Ferro (139), who will face world number 3 Paula Padusa, or Chloe Paquet (102) who will play Aryna Sabalenka (7th), the best French woman, Alizee Cornet ( fifty) She might have a hand in it. She will be opposed by Japan’s Misaki Doi (97) and could find Ostapenko and then Halep on her way, the Romanian who beat her in the round of 16 in Melbourne last January. Caroline Garcia (73) will also have an affordable entry on paper, against American Taylor Townsend (334).