As is well known to all, in the world of tennis it is never easy to succeed at home and at Roland Garros it is one of the best examples to demonstrate this. Throughout its history, France has brought a great cast of great tennis players to the professional circuit, and some of them have excelled in some great tournaments, but none have been able to achieve glory on Parisian clay.
Since 1946, when Marcel Bernard He managed to proclaim himself champion, no French tennis player had managed to reign in front of his public in the most important tournament of those played on French soil. 37 years later and against all odds, Yannick Noah gave the chime and proclaimed himself champion, defeating the Swedish finalist Mats Wilander in three forceful sets (6-2, 7-5 and 7-6). Since that year, everything has been bad news for French tennis, since since then no other player has managed to leave the Philippe Chatrier with the Roland Garros trophy under his arms.
France has always been recognized for being a country that has taken good care of its young tennis players. Proof of this is that he has always been on the roster in team tournaments, and that is that in both the Davis Cup and the Federation Cup, the French team has always been in the shortlist. But when the Grand Slams arrive, their players shake their hands and the situation changes radically. Only the victories of Mary Pierce (Australian Open 1995 and Roland Garros 2000) and Amélie Mauresmo (Australian Open 2006 and Wimbledon 2006) have been the most reluctant of the French country in recent times.
But this drought is not only limited to Roland Garros, and is that in the last 30 years, French tennis has only seen four players playing in Grand Slams finals. Cédric Pioline did it at the US Open 1993 and Wimbledon 1997, Arnaud Clement at the Australian Open 2001 and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Australian Open in 2008, perhaps a bit poor baggage for a country that is called to count with a great cast of good tennis players capable of fighting for great things.
Statistically, two titles and two runners-up in the last 75 editions of Roland Garros is a baggage perhaps too bad for France. Analyzing the reasons for this nonsense, it is very difficult to find the reasons to explain this situation, but perhaps it is due to the enormous versatility of its players and the little specialization of tennis players on clay, lately highlighting more in tournaments on fast track. Another reason may be the lack of a leading player capable of carrying the rest of the tennis players behind him. And finally, perhaps it can also be due to the enormous pressure that players have when they compete in Parisian land, a problem that seems to increase with the passing of the years.
And do you know what the worst thing is? That analyzing very well the near future, today we do not contemplate the figure of any French player capable of having serious options to conquer the title at Roland Garros. Neither in the masculine nor in the feminine modality. We will see how long this curse continues, but very well it does not paint the thing.