It is claimed that French gamers typically do higher at Wimbledon than at Roland Garros, for a matter of floor or much less stress. Perhaps. However, this yr, in Paris as in London, the state of affairs could have been an identical, dramatically an identical: no French participant, nor any French participant, will due to this fact be current in the third round of the event.
In Paris final month, this fiasco was historic. But no one had been mad sufficient, or incompetent, or provocative, to faux it was unintended. And as if to raised perceive that it was solely the unhappy reflection of the present state of tricolor tennis, it was repeated in London, the place it was crucial to return to 1981 – the yr of start of Roger Federer – to discover a hint of such a zero pointed at the third round.
No one knew how one can create the feat
The program Friday: An explosive Murray-Shapovalov to complete, Djokovic on Court 1
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Except that in 1981, tricolor tennis was removed from being so represented (the information had already occurred in 1969, 1975 and 1980): there have been solely seven French individuals, together with just one French, in the closing desk. This yr, they had been 20, together with 5 French and 4 certified. And if, taken individually, none must be ashamed of their defeat, if many of them had been unfortunate like Ugo Humbert, the greatest card of the Blues, Adrian Mannarino or Richard Gasquet, stays that the information are there, incorrigible and cussed: no one, both, knew how one can create this exploit which might rekindle the flame and, maybe, would restart the machine.
Feats usually glimpsed right here and there in latest years at Wimbledon, the place there had at all times been the presence of at the least one Frenchman in the second week since 2006. A affluent interval which now appears effectively and really over. French tennis should urgently interact in a brand new cycle.
Despite a very good Gasquet, Federer was (effectively) reassured
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Bonzi eradicated in his flip, there may be no longer any French at Wimbledon!
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