Final day this Saturday at Roland-Garros. Between an ultra-interesting women’s duel on paper and a possible title for a French junior, we won’t be bored on the courts of Porte d’Auteuil.
The poster of the day
No offense to Amélie Mauresmo, women’s tennis may be becoming exciting again. After ladies’ finals without interest or almost in recent years at Roland-Garros (give me the names of last year’s finalists in my head), the poster for 2022 has something to smile about.
Between the 21-year-old Polish Iga Swiatek, undefeated for 34 games, and the American Coco Gauff who asserts political positions already well-defined at only 18 years old, the final clearly has a face. On paper, the world number 1, already titled in Paris in 2020, is the favorite. But Gauff, who is playing her first grand slam final, has not yet lost a set in the fortnight.
French of the day
The France of tennis that wins is in the juniors. For the second year in a row, a Frenchman will aim for the title among young people. After Luca Van Assche crowned last year, it is Gabriel Debru who will try to win this prestigious title this morning. At 16, this tall boy of 1.92 m will be opposed in the final to Belgian Gilles Arnaud Bailly. Meet from 11 a.m.
It will be very hot this Saturday in Paris (28 degrees in the afternoon) but thunderstorms are likely to break out during the day. As a result, it is not at all impossible for the ladies’ final to be played under the roof of the center court.
The daring prediction of the day
Given that Swiatek hasn’t lost in 34 games, we would bet on losing the final against Gauff in a crazy match that would end in the super tie-break of the 3rd set.