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TENNIS – French gamers are tumbling down. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) printed its weekly world rating on Monday, April 12. Once once more dominated by the Australian Ashleigh Barty, the latter has no French amongst the top 50 greatest gamers on the planet, for the first time since September 1986. Caroline Tanvier, French #1, was then ranked 63rd in the world .
One and a half months earlier than Roland-Garros, the 4 French gamers in the top 100 are held in a pocket handkerchief. Caroline Garcia, the greatest ranked, is 54th. A spot separates her from her former doubles associate Kristina Mladenovic. Fiona Ferro and Alizé Cornet are respectively ranked 57th and 59th. By shedding twelve locations in comparison with final week, Fiona Ferro subsequently provides up her seat of #1 French.
Sad remark for French girls’s tennis
These rankings illustrate the difficulties and irregularity of French girls’s tennis, which has been declining for a number of years. If the (*50*) group gained the Fed Cup in 2019, particular person performances, particularly in Grand Slam, are greater than disappointing and distinction with these of their wonderful elders like Amélie Mauresmo or Mary Pierce.
And if we omit final season, truncated by the pandemic, now we have to return virtually two years to seek out traces of a French participant, Caroline Garcia in this case, in the top 20 of the WTA rating. The latter had even reached the top 10 in 2018.
Justine Hénin, Belgian tennis legend and guide for Eurosport, already warned about the state of affairs at the moment: “We realize that French tennis has struggled to have mass in terms of players in the Top 100, for a few years. there must be 4.5 players each time, if we remove the “wild cards”, to enter the fundamental draw. We need to work on younger folks once more. It is a job that’s already executed by the Federation, it is going to even be their problem in the coming years ”, she defined to France Televisions in 2019.
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