That's not a scoop.
With a golden generation (Tsonga, Monfils, Gasquet and Simon) at the end of their cycle and a succession that is still too tender, French men's tennis is crossing the desert, just like its female counterpart, which has been in decline for several years.
Since the final lost to Gaël Monfils in Monte-Carlo in 2016, no Habs have reached this stage of the competition in a Masters 1000. We dare not consider such a performance this week on the Rock, where is played behind closed doors the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters.
Only Lucas Pouille and Jérémy Chardy crossed the 1st round out of the five tricolors in contention.
The first, ephemeral top 10 three years ago, whose return after seventeen months of absence for injury is complicated, won Tuesday against Guido Pella 6-3, 6-3 his first victory in a Masters 1000 since Shanghai 2019. The second, regularly ranked between 30th and 50th place in the world, is at 34 the most consistent Frenchman since the start of the season,
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