Injured at Wimbledon in early July, Pierre-Hugues Herbert seems to have recovered physically as the 2021 Olympic Games tennis tournament kicks off on July 24. Good news for French tennis as the Herbert-Mahut duo have a chance to win a medal.
July 3 now seems far away. That day, Pierre-Hugues Herbert injured his thigh and forced the duo he formed with Nicolas Mahut to abandon in the second round of the men’s doubles at Wimbledon. Since then, “P2H” has entered a race against the clock to recover physically and be a backup for the doubles tournament at the Olympics.
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Still uncertain a few days ago, Herbert arrived in Tokyo alongside Mahut and is now enthusiastic before starting the tournament. “If I’m here it’s because the news is good. I’m quite satisfied. I have little pain and I feel like things are going well,” said the 30-year-old.
Erase the failure of 2016
His teammate, Nicolas Mahut, with whom he won Roland Garros, Wimbledon, the US Open, the Australian Open and the Masters, is more circumspect on his side: “He is better. We worked together but not yet in a training match. We should be able to do it tomorrow (note: Thursday). It will have been a reduced preparation. Normally it will be operational. It was a race against time. I hope we will be there -you.”
At the rendezvous, Mahut and Herbert had not been in 2016 during the Olympic Games in Rio. Big favorites and seeded No. 1, they lost in the first round against Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah. The two Frenchmen hope to catch up in Tokyo with a Herbert in good shape and a status of favorites to assume. The start of the matches is scheduled for Saturday July 24 and the draw will determine Thursday whether the French pair should play on Saturday or Sunday.