The tricolor tennis is looking for the one or those who can assure him a bright future in this decade. Despite some hopes, the unknowns remain at the dawn of the 2022 season.
The French tennis season has been disappointing but there have been satisfactions. Arthur Rinderknech and Benjamin Bonzi came out of their box, impressing at the highest point, in particular the first city to become the French number one by its 58th place in the world. He has the advantage over his compatriot, 64th at ATP and winner of six Challenger titles this season, to have repeatedly confirmed his meteoric progress on the courts of the main circuit, playing a semi-final at Kitzbuhel and six other quarters. The tricolor player culminating at 1.96m will change status for the coming year and will have to confirm his good dispositions seen in 2021. A challenge for the one who was the great satisfaction of France in the Davis Cup, despite the elimination of the country from the group stage.
Gaston carries a lot of hopes
Some confirmed members of the France group can catch up next year after a very average 2021 season. We think of Gaël Monfils (21st), Ugo Humbert (31st) or Benoit Paire (46th), eager to find a certain consistency, as well as Jérémy Chardy (107th), best French element at the start of last season. French tennis can also rely on Hugo Gaston (21), who entered the top 100 at the end of the season after his crazy Rolex Paris Masters. Quarter-finalist at the Accor Arena, the Toulousain returned to the hearts of the French for a second time, a little over a year after his revelation at Roland Garros. The 67th world, like its two aforementioned partners, will now have the clear advantage of directly entering the main draw of the most prestigious tournaments, and thus exercising full time on the main circuit. French tennis is looking for its bosses. The time when the four musketeers (Tsonga, Simon, Monfils, Gasquet) held the barracks is now over. The year 2022 may allow us to build new foundations.