Bad year. With the fall of Gael Monfils (20th) before the young man Jannik Sinner (16th) by 7-6 (1), 6-2, 4-6, 4-6 and 6-4 in the third round of US Open, French tennis ran out of representatives in Flushing Meadows. With this result, there will be no no french tennis player in the round of 16 from New York, record that is repeated in the other three Grand slam of the season and what it didn’t happen since 1978.
With 10 rackets located inside the Top 100, France is one of the great powers animating the ATP world circuit. The current edition of the United States Open featured 12 tennis players from the European country in the main draw. With the defeat of the current No. 20 in the ranking against the 20-year-old Italian, a mark that had not happened for a long time was equaled 43 years.
This negative record began back in February, in the Australian Open, first Grand Slam of the year. Adrian mannarino, current No. 44 in the ranking, was the one who went the furthest in the ocean tournament. In his third game in the Melbourne park, was beaten by the German Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-3 and 6-1.
It was the turn of the brick dust of Roland Garros. On local soil, things did not turn out any better: only three Frenchmen were able to win their presentation to reach the second round. There, richard Gasket fell to Rafael Nadal, Enzo Couacaud Steve Johnson went through the same thing and Monfils he was defeated by Mikael Ymer.
Finally, on the lawn of the Wimbledon, four representatives raffled their debuts and arrived at the second instance. In said round, Monfils, Gasquet, Bonzi and Hoang succumbed to their respective rivals and said goodbye to the All England Club.
The first chance in which there was no representation of French players in the round of 16 in the four Grand Slam in the same season had occurred in 1969.