In the house of 24 hours, the organizers of the Open Sud de France Montpellier misplaced their No. 1 seed, the Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime (ninth in the world), overwhelmed in the quarter-finals at the Open Australia … however reacted fantastically with the granting of a wild card to the German Alexander Zverev (24), the present world quantity 3.
We informed you on this identical website this Wednesday, January 26, the organizers of a match are all the time at the mercy of the outcomes of the earlier assembly… And even when the youth of Félix Auger-Aliassime (21 years outdated) left sufficient think about that the Canadian might fairly chain the Australian Open and the ATP 250 in Montpellier some seven days aside, even with the time distinction, it was not.
This nice hope of world tennis has given up, we think about him mentally worn out with the emotional discharge, this match level missed towards Medvedev in the quarter-finals and in addition bodily (5 matches together with two in 5 units and two in 4 units). In 2021, Félix had reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon after which the semi-finals at the US Open, solely giving in to Matteo Berrettini and Russian Daniil Medvedev respectively, it was solely his third look at this stage in a “Major”.
On the lookout for any star dropping “prematurely” in Melbourne and current on the spot, Sebastien Grosjean welcomed with nice pleasure Alexandre Zverev’s request to return to play in Montpellier, the place he received in 2017 each in singles at the expense of Richard Gasquet and in doubles alongside his brother Mischa. At the Sud de France Arena, the recipient of the first of the three Open wild playing cards will substitute the one … who stunned him in the spherical of 16 at Wimbledon 2021 to then attain the first Grand Slam quarter-final of its historical past.
This is the classic of the former winners
Sascha (his nickname) is taking part in his tenth season on the skilled ATP circuit the place he received 21 titles, together with 5 in the Masters Series (Rome and Montreal in 2017, Madrid in 2018 and 2021, Cincinnati in 2021). Winner of the 2018 Masters towards Novak Djokovic, the native of Hamburg additionally received the gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, so it’s a very huge fish that was caught in extremis by the group which granted Lucas Pouille the second wildcard. The id of the third recipient (maybe David Goffin at worst in qualifying) will likely be identified this Friday.
“We are delighted to have kept the wild cards as late as possible, a very skilful approach by Sebastien Grosjean (tournament director, editor’s note) in order to be able to benefit from the opportunity to bring players of this caliber to Montpellier. Alexander Zverev has always enjoyed coming here, with optimal playing conditions including these two practice courts on site. And I’m delighted to see the highest ranked player (3rd at ATP) in the history of the Open for this 12th edition.” feedback Samir Boudjemaamanaging director of TV Sport Events.
With the arrival of the current eighth finalist at the Australian Open (overwhelmed by Shapovalov, seeded n° 14), this 2022 classic could have the air of a “Masters Tournament” since aside from the Czech Tomáš Berdych who stopped his profession in 2019, however the winners of earlier editions (Gaël Monfils, Richard Gasquet, Alexander Zverev, Lucas Pouille, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) will likely be there. Pretty cool, no!