The French Tennis Open begins on Sunday May 22 at Roland-Garros. 600,000 spectators are expected over the fortnight. On the sporting side, “there is a construction site” in French tennis, estimates on franceinfo Gilles Moretton, president of the French Tennis Federation.
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The 121st edition of the French Open tennis tournament begins on Sunday May 22 at Roland-Garros. 25 French players participate, without excessive hope. Asked about franceinfo on Sunday morning, the president of the French Tennis Federation, Gilles Moretton, recognizes a “little generational hole” but stresses that promising players will arrive. “I think we had a generation that we have somewhat forgotten. An exceptional generation with Tsonga, Gasquet, Monfils, Gilles Simon. These players who were necessarily a little in the shadow of the three monuments that are Nadal, Federer and Djokovic. But they had an extraordinary career.”he recalls.
And in particular Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who is about to play his last Roland-Garros. A player not judged at fair value according to Gilles Moretton. “It’s when we separate that we realize that we like each other”he said. “We realize that it is probably the best record in French tennis ahead of Yannick Noah, if we look at the overall record”assures the president of the French Tennis Federation. “He will be missed in French tennis”he concludes.
The president of the French Tennis Federation also considers that the new generation is particularly promising. “The four semi-finalists last year, in juniors, were French. We have a Frenchwoman, Elsa Jacquemot, who won the junior tournament here two years ago and who was world champion”he details even if he recognizes that he “there is a lot of work to do”. There is according to Gilles Moretton “a real overhaul of the national technical management which is in the works because the model has changed. The players have a training method which is different and we have to adapt”he said.