It needed to occur this 12 months, after all. Per week after the launch of the Orsec plan to avoid wasting French tennis, 4 junior boys signed a resounding feat on Thursday by qualifying for the semi-finals at Roland Garros. They are known as Arthur Fils, Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard, Sean Cuenin and Lucas Van Assche. Four Frenchmen in the final sq. Porte d’Auteuil, that is a historic first. And a sign that takes on a entire new dimension given the context.
These debates on the darkish way forward for France, the kids didn’t concentrate. Well, not an excessive amount of. “We have heard issues, however personally, I cross above all that, assures Arthur Fils. We had an invite to play the qualifiers [du tableau senior], we have been fairly centered on that after which we moved on to our event. “” I used to be already very pressured earlier than the begin of the event, I didn’t have to get excited much more, engages Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard. They say that French tennis goes badly, however amongst the juniors it really works fairly properly, would not it? “
If they felt able to something, the Frenchies weren’t predestined for such a raid. Ranked eighth, twelfth, 18th and nineteenth in the world, they don’t fly over their class. And for good motive, three of them (Fils, Cuenin and Van Assche) are one 12 months forward. “We had talked about it, we said to ourselves that we had to go as far as possible, until we played, says Fils, the youngest of the gang (for a few months) from the top of its 16 years old. Everyone believed in it in their own corner, but collectively we could not imagine that. “
It has been a few months that they skim the future tournaments amongst the big, with some notable performances right here and there. Fils, for instance, eradicated Bernard Tomic (in misery definitely however former prime 20 anyway) in the first spherical of qualifying at Porte d’Auteuil. Emulation is in full swing. “We all know each other very well, we’ve done a lot of tournaments together in recent years. There is no pact between us, but we want to go very far, ”stated Van Assche.
Rather Monfils or Blancaneaux?
Today, they’re dwelling “a dream” by discovering themselves in the semi-finals. “We will enjoy, but tomorrow morning there will be no more smiles on their faces,” says Mpetshi Perricard. Because as stunning as this story is, there’ll solely be one to succeed Geoffrey Blancaneaux, the final French winner in the class, in 2016.
After that ? The query burns lips, however the identical shouldn’t be finished with the steps. If the examples of Gaël Monfils and Richard Gasquet, additionally winners right here, are inspiring, Blancaneaux’s early senior profession is a little much less so. Impossible to foretell what the future will convey. “I believe we could have a stunning, good technology, all of us play properly, Judge Fils. We can attain the prime 100 in two or three years, after which we’ll see. “
“I hope that thanks to us we will be able to forget a little this difficult tournament of the French and say that the future of French tennis is interesting”, notes for his half Van Assche, whose confidence contrasts along with his very youthful head. The teenager, who is aware of himself “many qualities” and “few faults” on the court docket, desires to reside a profession with out regrets, the place he could have “exploited every thing. [son] potential ”. “My biggest dream would be to win a Grand Slam, and why not Roland-Garros,” he stated. Rest assured, French tennis remains to be on the transfer.