Australian Open in 2018 : the French have a card to play

Australian Open in 2018 : the French have a card to play


With the exception of their incredible saga to victory in the Davis Cup, 2017 has not been bright for the tennis players from the French. On the four grand slam tournaments, only Jo Wilfried Tsonga, in January 2017, has made a pretty nice performance at the Australian Open by reaching the quarter-finals.2018 will there be a better vintage for the Blues ? Judging by their form in the beginning of the season, it may well be. The first justice of the peace will be every year as the formidable Australian Open.a Unique grand slam in the southern hemisphere, this is the first major tournament of the year often sets the trends of the season. Last year, Roger Federer had won in front of Rafael Nadal, launching an extraordinary campaign for the two tenors on the circuit.Two French in the top 3 performances of the early seasonearlier this year, two French will be particularly expected. Gilles Simon first of all. In the hollow of the wave in 2017, the Nice home, won the tournament of Pune, India, last January 6. But the French followed up quickly with a counter-performance in Sydney coming out in the first round, visibly still blunted his week indian.The other French in form, is well known to the public, it is Gaël Monfils. The talented Frenchman won the tournament in Doha in early January, and seems to be sharp in the beginning of the season. But he has already shown inconsistencies in the past and he will have to show all facets of his talent to expect to access to the last square.The outsiders capable of the featAnd then there are those that are not expected or less. To begin with Lucas Pouille, the hero is victorious in the fifth decisive match in the Davis cup. The northerner was not presented in the official competition prior to its entry in contention in Melbourne. But, surrounded of a new team, with former world number two, Tommy Haas, he could show himself conqueror during the two-week tournament.To monitor also, Benedict Pair, just string together two semi-finals in Pune and Sydney. Or Adrian Mannarino and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, two young promising among the French.Gaël Monfils in the face of the returning Novak Djokovicthe Only downside : the draw. Performed on the 11th of January, he has put on the road of the French, a number of obstacles. Jo Wilfried Tsonga, a real chance to perform as every year, will be opposite to Denis Shapovalov and possibly Nick Kyrgios. The task ahead was so daunting.Even fight for Gael Monfils who could cross the road to Novak Djokovic in the second round. Even if the Serbian is coming back from injury and no longer has its level of the past, it has all of the same six titles at the Australian Open.absent can dreamAll the French will therefore be sentenced to exploits to reach the highest level in the tournament. And this, even if, with the absence of Andy Murray or Kei Nishikori, and the uncertainty as to whether Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal, reached to the knee and beaten by Richard Gasquet in the exhibition, this year he is allowed to dream, in the French clan.To read : The great challenge of Marion BartoliOn the other hand, on the feminine side, this Australian Open should confirm the absence of French at a very high level. Kristina Mladenovic has lost its first two games of the year and remains on a series of 14 defeats.From its side Caroline Garcia has badly started her season at Brisbane, but has a table relatively open. And don désespérerons not, with the return of Marion Bartoli in the spring, the coming year sign may be the return of the French to the highest level.

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