“Go on the blues, Go on the blues …” The chorus is well-known to supporters of the French soccer staff. Less than these of the little yellow ball, extra used to the failures and disappointments of the Habs on the courts. Even extra this 12 months when the French gamers haven’t even exceeded – unhappy historic first – the pitfall of the second spherical of the Porte d’Auteuil match.
However, it’s on the Suzanne-Lenglen court docket at Roland-Garros that these songs accompanied the exit of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut this Tuesday afternoon. The duo certified for the final 4 of the males’s doubles desk after their demonstration (7-6, 6-1) in opposition to the pair Brkic (Bos) / Cacic (Ser). An extended last ovation, accompanied by “we are in half, we are in half” from the public, which, by exaggerating barely, lasted longer than the final set of the recreation dispatched in 26 minutes.
“I had the chills when I entered the field”
The final French representatives still competing in the match – aside from the juniors whose occasion has simply began – Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut can depend on the help of the supporters since the begin of the Parisian journey. During their second lap, on court docket 14, the public wore them till the curfew restrict at 9 p.m. “At the finish of the match, we stated to ourselves that the final time we skilled this, it was the Davis Cup last in Lille (2014), Mahut defined. The luck we’ve got is that we performed on a dinghy. On the Central, Lenglen or Simonne-Mathieu, the court docket will not be full. I had chills after I entered the discipline. “
Shivers that still roamed the backs of supporters on the Lenglen on Tuesday. “It feels good to discover this ambiance in the stadiums after what we’ve got simply skilled, savor Arnaud, 19, and his sister Amandine, 28. The double is extra spectacular, it seems to be extra like an exhibition, so we let go extra in the stands. We got here for the particular person last two years in the past and there wasn’t that ambiance. There, it gave goosebumps. French tennis still lives thanks to the doubles. Thanks to them ! “
Winners of 17 titles together, including the 4 Grand Slam tournaments that they each lifted once, the duo are once again aiming for the final victory at Porte d’Auteuil. “We don’t wait for French players to have a bad singles tournament to want to win it, smashes Nicolas Mahut, 39 years old. But as we play well we will be able to speak in a positive way about French tennis, which does not prevent all the work that the Federation and all of French tennis must do so that the younger generations start to have results. “
“I take everything that is said in the press and in general, on the simple, I also take it for my apple, continues Pierre-Hugues Herbert, 30 years old. I wouldn’t say it’s an additional motivation, but we want to make them proud. They come to see us every game. They encourage us, they push us. We don’t want to disappoint them. The public either. “We will proceed to encourage them till the finish,” guarantees Axelle, her thighs reddened by the solar. The appointment is already made for the semi-final on Thursday.