In the gloomy weather of French tennis, there will still be a nice patch of blue sky this Saturday on the courts of Porte d'Auteuil.
From 11 a.m., Arthur Fils, 16, and Luca Van Assche, 17, will enter the 14 to try to win the junior title and succeed Geoffrey Blancaneaux, the last French winner in Paris in 2016.
“It's going to be an incredible experience for both of you,” smiles Van Assche.
We will really give it our all and enjoy it.
The game promises to be tight between two teenagers who know each other very well and took out their comrades Mpetshi Perricard and Cuenin in the semi-finals.
“I want to win the tournament,” Fils says.
I'm happy, but there is still a game to win for it to be over.
In any case, there are two of us in the final, it's not bad for the next generation… ”
The #RolandGarros junior boys final will pit @ ArthurFils1 against Luca van Assche, winner of Sean Cuenin 7/5, 6/4 in the second half 100% 🇫🇷.
- FFT (@FFTennis) June 11, 2021
After the ladies final at the Central, the Mahut-Herbert pair will try to lift a second Parisian trophy (after 2018), a fifth in the Grand Slam, against the Kazakh duo Bublik / Golubev.
The big Blues come back from afar after saving three match points in the semi-finals.
And look at the young shoots with a benevolent eye.
A job to finish
“For French tennis, it's really good, slips Mahut. It's not going to be especially the best player who will win this tournament. This does not mean that whoever wins will be stronger afterwards. After that, it's a long road. There will be expectations on all four. As they train more or less together throughout the year, there will be some competition. They will get away with it. It's going to be very good. If they want to talk, I will be available to talk about it and help them. There are plenty of players who want to pass the baton and pass on. We are also in this category. "
While waiting to pass the baton, Mahut and Herbert have a job to finish and will be able to count on the support of the public, which supported them all the fortnight. "We start favorites but we are not going to approach this match as favorites, analysis Herbert. The cup is not in our camp, it is in the middle, we have to go get it. "