French federation president hits out at French men

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 2, 2017 France's Lucas Pouille in action during his third round match against Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas Reuters / Benoit Tessier
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 2, 2017 France’s Lucas Pouille in motion during his third round in shape against Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas Reuters / Benoit Tessier

French federation president Bernard Giudicelli has hit out on the us of a’s male avid gamers after their disappointing run at Roland Garros, pronouncing they lacked physical energy and grit.

No French man has long gone past the fourth spherical on the Roland Garros this yr.

“What the French men lacked to head further, it’s grit,” Giudicelli advised French radio RMC.

“When a teach says that the player can spend eight hours on court docket when the temperature is Forty Five degrees Celsius and that he gets cramps within the fourth set, there’s a problem,” said Giudicelli, referring to Lucas Pouille who misplaced towards Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2 Three-6 5-7 6-2 6-1 in the third spherical.

“Enough speaking. We wish to work according to the norms of up to date tennis. It method having physical abilities very early and likewise work on the mental.”

No French man has gained a grand slam title for the reason that Yannick Noah lifted the French Open in 1983, one thing the so-referred to as golden era will have to have carried out, according to seven-time grand slam champion Mats Wilander.

“It Is disappointing, for sure,” Wilander, who’s at Roland Garros commentating for Europsport, told Reuters closing week.

“If You Happen To take a look at these guys, (Jo-Wilfried) Tsonga, (Richard) Gasquet, (Gael) Monfils… take a look at their rankings… for no-one to get to the quarter-finals is actually moderately disappointing.

“I Believe they’ve underperformed, truly. After Which who’s coming next? Lucas Pouille, ok… however right now this kind of golden technology has no longer obtained way more time. This crew shouldn’t be going to be around without end.

“You Could Possibly have anticipated them to have maybe gained a grand slam via now.”

The Women have, however, fared better in Paris this 12 months. Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia were each defeated in the quarter-finals — the primary time France had two ladies within the closing eight because 1994.

“If The Women have succeeded, it is no longer by chance. They took every other route because we mentioned, we questioned some issues,” mentioned Giudicelli.

(Reporting via Julien Pretot; Editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

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