Ons Jabeur, Astrid Lew Yan Foon. Panoramic, Capture FFT
Eliminated, the Tunisian left the stage with great elegance. Tricolor tennis has added a black day to its long collection.
The warm embrace between Jabeur and Haddad Maia
Defeated by Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia (3-6, 7-6 6-1), Ons Jabeur, very popular with the vast majority of his colleagues, has lived up to her reputation as a “gentlewoman”. Witness the very nice hug given to the Brazilian and also her words in a press conference to salute the performance of the one who became the first player from her country to reach the last four of a Grand Slam. “I really wish him the best. The last two games she won, I cried with her. She is amazing and deserves the best. I hope she can win a Grand Slam one day.These are actions and words that contrast with the icy atmosphere between Ukrainians and Russians since the start of the women’s tournament…
15 games lost only in 5 matches (and 5:36 on the courts) to settle in the semi-finals. Iga Swiatek, winner of Coco Gauff 6-4, 6-2 in a remake of the 2022 final, advances. Fast. Very quickly. With only 15 games lost, the Pole is the player who has lost the fewest games at this stage of the competition since Conchita Martinez in 1995. At Roland-Garros, the Pole has won 26 of the 28 matches she has played (93 % of success). Iga Swiatek, more effective in stifling the resistance of her rivals than in addressing her towel to her supporters…
Alcaraz, the juggler
His performance, on a flying carpet, Tuesday evening against Stefanos Tsitsipas marked the spirits. The qualification in hand, the images of his solo rider circulated widely on social networks on Wednesday. Its ease of use and its effectiveness have been widely disseminated and commented on. And a camera captured the images of the relaxation that inhabits him during his matches. Alcaraz, the juggler.
A cuvée really to forget for French tennis…
In the leaden skies of French tennis, even the doubles and junior events did not bring the expected lightening. They were 10 on the starting line for the boys. The last of them, Antoine Ghibaudo, lost on Tuesday in the third round. They were six on the starting line for girls. The last survivor Astrid Lew Yan Foon did no better than her male counterpart, dominated this Wednesday 6-4, 7-5 by the Peruvian Luccina Perez Alarcon. Sad and disturbing. This springboard for the pros has often smiled on French tennis in recent years. Luca Van che (2021) and Gabriel Debru (2022) won in the boys’ category. Elsa Jacquemot (2020) for girls.
Thiago Seyboth Wild, from exploits on the court to setbacks at court
On May 30, he beat Daniil Medvedev in the first round at Porte d’Auteuil. Change of scenery a week later… The Brazilian Thiago Seyboth Wild, out of qualifying in Paris, marked the start of the fortnight by his flamboyant game and his beautiful victory in five sets against Daniil Medvedev. The sequel was less brilliant… Accused in 2021 of physical and psychological violence by his ex-girlfriend Thayane Lima, the Brazilian replied curtly to a journalist“I don’t think that’s a topic we should talk about here. I don’t think that’s a question for anyone.” Returning to Rio de Janeiro as soon as he was eliminated in the third round against Yoshihito Nishioka, the 172nd in the world appeared in court on Wednesday on Monday to claim his innocence.
The empty stands of the Philippe Chatrier court
Ons Jabeur complained about the lack of spectators on the Philippe Chatrier court: “It was embarring to see the stadium empty. Many Tunisians wanted to buy tickets to come see me play. Then, the standoff between Alexander Zverev and Tomas Martin Etcheverry was not complete either. The match was however hooked, the spectacle at the height of the stake and the Argentinian, magnificent of commitment for his first appearance in the quarter-finals of a major tournament, upset the German (n°22) for a long time who , a year after his serious injury in the semi-finals against Rafael Nadal, will find the last four in Paris. His cry, after his 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 success was that of rebirth (he who posted 21 wins-14 losses in 2023).