“Within the medium and long run, I do not fear” for French tennis, assures Michaël Llodra


The time is already on the file for the French who can have, for the second consecutive yr, no consultant within the spherical of 16. Midway by the Roland-Garros match, the marketing consultant for France Télévisions and former twenty first world participant Michaël Llodra can solely see the small type of tricolor tennis. Requested by franceinfo: sport, he additionally evokes the second week.

Franceinfo: sport: what’s your evaluation of the French, this yr at Roland-Garros?

Michael Llodra: It is a blended file even when we essentially anticipated it to be an advanced Roland-Garros, given the most recent outcomes. Now, we nonetheless had good surprises with, for the farewell of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gilles Simon, spectacular matches. Saying goodbye like that, and I discover that stunning. It is good for these guys, who’ve given a lot to French tennis, to exit the entrance door.


Afterwards, we had Hugo Gaston who exhibits that in Paris he’s a critical shopper, even when towards Holger Rune, I feel he didn’t play his finest recreation. In any case, he received two video games with the best way.

On the ladies’s aspect, with three representatives within the third spherical, what can we conclude?

There’s Diane Parry who confirmed that she was the one on whom we may depend on the following few years on the French aspect. There’s nonetheless a transition interval that will likely be sophisticated.

We do not have French or French gamers within the spherical of 16 at Roland-Garros, so it is nonetheless a failure. And that is not going to vary in a single day.

Michaël Llodra, marketing consultant for France Televisions

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It’ll take a while for French tennis to regain confidence, to search out younger people who find themselves rising. That is all of the hurt I want for the federation.

Ought to we then be apprehensive about French tennis?

Somewhat, truly. We really feel that the following technology is struggling to develop, to be there. We go after gamers who’ve been within the prime 20 for ten years. We had been even, at one level, a rustic with 16 gamers within the prime 100. It was the primary nation on the earth.

There are all the time durations for sure international locations the place it’s tougher: there have been the Individuals, there have been the Italians, who’re coming again sturdy. Inevitably, within the quick time period, I’m apprehensive, however sooner or later, within the medium and long run, I’m not apprehensive.

French tennis players Michaël LLodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after their victory in the semi-final of the Olympic Games doubles tournament, on August 3, 2012, in London.  (LUIS ACOSTA / AFP)

As for the favorites for the ultimate victory, all are there. After this primary week, who’s your favourite?

Right this moment, Novak Djokovic is clearly the favourite. We really feel that Nadal lacks a little bit of reference along with his foot, just like the match towards Félix Auger-Aliassime. Stefanos Tsitsipas reassured himself in his third spherical with an excellent efficiency towards Mikael Ymer, when he was struggling at the beginning. We may even must depend on Carlos Alcaraz. He will not be distant.

For the women, it is the other, there is just one participant left within the prime 10, and never simply any participant: Iga Swiatek. She appears greater than ever the ultrafavorite…

Sure, and I feel it is all of the tougher for her to be “the arch” favourite in the present day. Will she be capable to stand up to this strain? Everybody thinks that the match is for her however, regardless of all the pieces, will probably be a further strain on her shoulders.

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