The French quarter

22 Jan

Many coaches – and I am one, will tell you producing tennis players is a numbers game. You need facilities that are adequate, funding where possible, sports science services that can compete with other tennis nations, highly qualified and motivated tennis coaches, supportive and patient parents, and definitely a little luck. But most of all you need a DEEP talent pool, many players pushing each other along, each striving to be better – that is the key to a successful “program”.

Well what has been going on in France. No fewer than 14 players in the main draw of this year’s Australian Open men’s singles! That in itself is a “benchmark” to be proud of, even if they all lost in the opening round. But with talent of the quality of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon, Gael Monfils, Nicolas Mahut, Michael Llodra and Julien Benneteau just to name half of them, there certainly will be many still in the draw deep into the tournament. I would be looking ahead to a Tsonga – Andy Murray 1/4 final, and would not be at all surprised if Richard Gasquet – who has been flying under the radar  does not also push through to a quarter final berth.

Viva la France.

The PRO.

One Response to “The French quarter”

  1. sallyparrott January 23, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    Hey Jamie – it’s a shame Tsonga didn’t keep going, he is so good to watch! And if you’re looking at a deep talent pool Spain have had that covered over the last decade it seems. Viva Europa!

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