Sport Gasquet, after the French bide in Roland-Garros: "5 years ago It was said that the French training was the best"
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Iga Swiatek heads into the French Open trying to become the first player since Serena Williams at Wimbledon in 2016 to successfully defend a women's Grand Slam singles title, with injuries and poor clay form clouding the hopes of several of her chief rivals. The American remains on 23 Grand Slam titles, one behind Margaret Court's all-time record, and has not gone beyond the last 16 in Paris since losing the 2016 final to Garbine Muguruza. Her coach Patrick Mouratoglou admitted it was unlikely Williams would win her first major since the 2017 Australian Open in Paris.
even though it was dominated in three rounds (6-0, 7 -5, 6-2) by Rafael Nadal in the French Open second round on Thursday night, Richard Gasquet dwelt at length at a news conference to discuss the plight of French tennis and the absence of representatives traffic in the third round. Selected pieces of his press conference.on his performance against Nadal
"I started a little slowly, but it's never easy to play against Rafa, because it's the best player on clay, especially on his right shot. This is the only one who plays this way with his right shot and a lot of effect in bullets. He started well. I lost my confidence and I tried to fight during the second round at 5 everywhere. I did a little in the game. I made one or two mistakes. It could have changed the 2nd set. Then, after that, I lost 2-0, so it started to be difficult, because Rafa is an amazing player. His right shot is incredible. It's true that he is always very powerful. I tried to do at best. "
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On the difficulties of French tennis
"This is the end of an era, it's true. I'm 35 years old, Tsonga is 36, 37 for Simon and Gilles at this age. It's amazing to continue playing Roland-Garros. We need more new players in the future. For us, it's already good to be there again. We have been a nice generation. I hope this will be the same in the future for the French tennis. It's a bit difficult this passage, but you have to see who is growing up. I hope that in the future we will have many new players. "On its programming in night session in camera clos
"I would have preferred to play the day. I do not tell you otherwise. Sure that play at 5 pm is more enjoyable for me with public. We play for that. Sure it would have been top for me to play at 5 pm I am a professional player. Nadal too. We know, the context is difficult at the moment. I have experience too. It's not easy for programmers, for the Federation. It's not scandalous for me. After, we adapt and it's sure I prefer to play the afternoon. "
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On Succession happens in young
"I was very young. I think I was still an exception. There were not a lot that played as well as young as well. I think there are some talents in France. I type with junior playing very, very well. Maybe we do not have auger-aliasime, Shapovalov, Zverev, Potro's LEDs of the time but precisely I think you have to help everyone. There are guys who can prove to be. There are sometimes surprises. There are juniors who play very well. We have a lot of experience. Former players, we always play. I think we can help this younger generation to arrive faster, because we know the mistakes and things that must be done to get to the very high level. " ALSO READ
-on what to change in training in France
"Change in training, it's complicated. We had training. There are 5 years it was said that the French team was the best in the world. Everyone envied the training. They said the French, it is fabulous, they have 15 players in the 100. From today it is more difficult is said that everything must change. The training is very good. There are a lot of very good coaches in all the leagues. "
earthquake in Roland-Garros! .
© Provided by Sports.co.uk Novak Djokovic has come to the end of Rafael Nadal in Roland-Garros. "It's probably the most beautiful match I've ever played here at Roland-Garros. Novak Djokovic, in public, while a derogation was granted in extremis by the authorities to allow the spectators present in the Central bays this Friday night to follow the integral of the debates, Jubile. As in 2015, where he had barred at the quarter-finals stadium, "Nole" took the best on Master of Rafael Nadal.