Four French people are in the semi-finals of the men’s event. Never seen.
The elite of French tennis have hit rock bottom this year with this sad record of zero representative in the 3rd round. In the ambient sinistrosis, we find at the end of the fortnight small clearings. As often, Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert are at the rendezvous of the double. Titled in 2018, winners of the four Grand Slams, the Angevin and the Alsatian are again in the final in Paris after their victory Thursday over the Colombian pair Juan Sebastian Cabal-Robert Farah (6-7, 7-6, 6-4 ). But above all, for the first time in history, there will be four French people in the semi-finals in the junior event. A first in a Grand Slam. Last winner in 2016, Geoffrey Blancaneaux awaits his successor on Sunday.
We are a beautiful generation. We prove that the French can go to the end of a Grand Slam.
To be found between Sean Cuenin, Luca Van Assche, Arthur Fils and Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard. “We are a great generation. We prove that the French can go to the end of a Grand Slam. We hope to repeat his performances later in the seniors, ”said Sean Cuenin from Var, 17, who dominated the number 1 seed, Chinese Shang Juncheg, who fell in the previous round to Leo Borg, the son of the Swedish champion. Trained by Eric Winogradsky, Cuenin will meet his friend Luca Van Assche, 17 years old. This small template (1.75 m), born in Brussels of a Belgian father and an Italian mother, who presents himself as “a fighter who never lets go”, was invited for the qualifications of the large table and had well resisted in the first round to Swiss Henri Laaksonen.
I think we can reach the Top 100 in two or three years. “
Winner of the Orange Bowl last December, Arthur Fils, 16, very powerful, will challenge Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard, a 2-meter giant, son of a former football player from Bourg-Péronnas. “I think we’ll have a great generation,” Son predicts. I think we can reach the Top 100 in two or three years. “Winner of Bernard Tomic in the first round of qualifying, Fils showed great promises:” The fact of winning this match gave me a lot of confidence, because I knew I could play well. I also played well afterwards against Marc Polmans in the second round and that gave me confidence ”.
At the Australian Open 2020, three Blues had reached the last four: Arthur Cazaux, Timo Legout and Harold Mayot (titled). Great promises to hope for a bright future. Even if, as we know, performing in the juniors does not necessarily guarantee to shine in the grown-ups. At 22, Geoffrey Blancaneaux is still vegetating in 319th place in the world …