Richard Gasquet, Roland Garros 2018

For the first time since 2007, there will be no French male player in the fourth round at Roland Garros.
If Richard Gasquet (defeated by Nadal) and Pierre-Hugues Herbert (beaten by Isner) have nothing to reproach themselves with, Gaël Monfils can have many regrets: he wasted four match points in his loss to David Goffin. As for Lucas Pouille (outplayed by Khachanov), he keeps saying again and again he trains to win a Grand Slam one day, but he’s far far away from that goal.

But that fiasco is not really surprising: the new Mousquetaires (Gasquet, Monfils, Simon, Tsonga) are all over 30 now and have their careers behind. Pouille has good results in ATP 250 and ATP 500 tournaments, but struggles at higher level.

Last time a French player won the tournament was 35 years ago, last time a French reached the final was 30 years ago, I guess we’ll have to wait many years to see that happen again.

All French hopes rest on the shoulders of the last Frenchwoman standing: Caroline Garcia. Last time a Frenchwoman won the tile? Mary Pierce in 2000.

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Roland Garros 2018: Lucas Pouille outfit

Lucas Pouille, France’s best-ranked male player, will hit the Parisian courts wearing adidas Climachill Tee and Short from the adidas Roland Garros line:

Roland Garros 2018: Lucas Pouille outfit

Roland Garros 2018: Lucas Pouille outfit

Roland Garros 2018: Lucas Pouille outfit

Roland Garros 2018: Lucas Pouille outfit

The adidas Roland Garros collection is available online at http://www.adidas.com/tennis.

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France vs Belgium Davis Cup final

Three years after the France vs Switzerland final, the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Lille hosts a final between two neighbours: France and Belgium. It was my third Davis Cup final in 3 years, and once again a rollercoaster of emotions. Read my recap here:

Davis Cup semifinal: France vs Serbia

Enjoy my recap of the France vs Serbia semifinal:

Nadal, Barcelone 2017

Rafa Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev on the men’s side, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina and Kristina Mladenovic on the women’s side have dominated the clay court season; while world number ones Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber appeared in big trouble. Here’s our recap of who won what.

Men

Marrakech: Borna Coric

Runner-up in Marrakech last year, Borna Coric came back from the brink, saved 5 match points to overcome Philip Kohlschreiber and capture his maiden ATP title.

Monte Carlo: Rafael Nadal

Rafa‘s reign in Monte Carlo continues: he defeated fellow Spaniard Ramos-Vinolas, who stunned Andy Murray en route to his maiden Masters 1000 final. With that victory, Nadal became the first man in the Open Era to win 10 titles at a tournament, and the first to win 50 clay-court titless, surpassing Guillermo Vilas (49).


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