If Caroline Garcia and Harmony Tan won their ticket for the second round, the second day of Roland-Garros, this Monday, was still fatal to many French people, including Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Benoît Paire. The hecatomb continues among men.
French tennis has had another difficult day at Porte d’Auteuil. The French formation is full of talents that are just waiting to hatch, it’s true, but the reality is this: in the men’s table, only one representative out of the eleven entered (0/6 this Monday) since the start of Roland-Garros, crossed the first round. More accustomed to the challenger circuit, Enzo Couacaud, 26, justified his invitation the day before, with an authoritarian victory. Since ? Nothing, or almost. Many stiff defeats, but also good fights, like that of Pierre-Hugues Herbert, passed very close to surprising the Italian Jannik Sinner. The Alsatian had a match point, but he did not know how to materialize.
To put the scale of the disaster into perspective, it should also be noted that four of the ten eliminated players benefited from a wild card for the main draw, including the young Arthur Cazaux, just 18 years old, and finalist of the Open d ‘ Australia juniors 2020. Winner of his first match on the ATP circuit in Geneva, two weeks ago, the Montpellier driver delivered a valiant fight of more than 3 hours of play in a beautiful atmosphere, on court n ° 7. Benoît Paire was never able to get rid of the Norwegian Casper Ruud, but he nevertheless found colors and the taste for combat. A sudden drop in speed, of mental origin, more than physical, according to him, after winning the first round, will have been fatal.
“There are things to do, the most important is to bring together people who know about it, who want to, and who are motivated to get things done and ready to give, to give to young people, estimated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after his elimination, much more predictable, this one. Today, there are not many countries which can boast of being in front of France. The Japanese, they are looking for a champion, the Chinese Also. Everyone is looking for a champion. Today, in France, we are looking for some, there are some, we have to develop them and make them grow. We have to pull them up, be positive, not have any brake or elastic in the back which constantly slows us down. “
Can we hope for a clearing this Tuesday?
Nevertheless, the French clan was still shaken. The light came from the female table where Caroline Garcia did not tremble for her entry into the running. In the Franco-French match between Alizé Cornet and Harmony Tan, it is the less experienced of the two who succeeded, winning her very first match in a Grand Slam tournament. The reasons to hope for a better day on Tuesday can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Among women, Kristina Mladenovic and Fiona Ferro, who reached 8th last year, will face qualified players.
Just before Gaël Monfils, the best ranked Frenchman among men, meets the Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Lucas Pouille will rub shoulders with Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas around 5 p.m. on court n ° 14. On the French side, the poster of the day will see each other on the Suzanne-Lenglen, Hugo Gaston, 20, who caused a sensation by reaching the 8th last year, and Richard Gasquet, for a long time the best French hope still present at close to 35 years. Ugo Humbert also has a good card to play against Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis. So how many of the Blues in the second round?