Richard Gasquet provides to help French tennis to go up the slope, after the shipwreck skilled at Roland Garros in none of the 29 representatives has reached the third spherical. The former world No. 7 wants to be optimistic.
A historic zero level. For the first time since 1968, no French will play the third spherical of Roland-Garros. Last hope of the “homeland”, Richard Gasquet didn’t obtain the feat in opposition to Rafael Nadal (6-0, 7-5, 6-2), Thursday night. The French, presently 53rd participant in the world, wants to help French tennis in the midst of a disaster of outcomes. He calls on the Musketeers, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gaël Monfils, Gilles Simon and the elders to deliver their expertise and sees causes to hope for higher days.
“I see some very good players behind”
“We have seen from the start of the season that it is difficult for everyone, there are a lot of bad results, recognized the former world number 7 (his best ranking in 2007 and 2008). We were a generation that was in the top ten, twenty, and very often in the eighth, in the quarterfinals, some in the semis (in Grand Slams), we did not ask ourselves the question. Now, when these four players start to tire a little (him, Tsonga, Monfils and Simon), it’s up to the next generation to gain the upper hand. I hope it will arrive as soon as possible. Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray, you don’t have them everywhere … “
“I see very good players behind, I hit with juniors who play very, very well, maybe not Sinners or Musetti who are exceptional, maybe less strong players than us at our age, but there are has good players all the same, positive the 34 year old player. We must help them so that there is a good generation which arrives in French tennis, I hope that it will push hard to have French in the top ten , as we have had for thirty, forty years. “
“It’s important that we manage to pull everyone up”
“We, the elders, it’s important that we manage to pull everyone up, concludes Gasquet. I want us who are a little late, that we manage to help them, to be benevolent with them, and that we get out of this slump. There is an end to the cycle, young players must arrive, we must believe in it. Training in France has always been very good. “