There will indeed be a crowned Frenchman at Roland-Garros this year! Gabriel Debru, 16, won the junior final against the Belgian Gilles Arnaud Bailly, this Saturday, in two sets (7-6, 6-3).
After an extremely contested first set, concluded after a tie-break and 78 minutes of play, the Frenchman got off to a flying start in the second set, winning an entry break. The Belgian was solid in defense, but the Habs, supported by the public of the Simonne-Mathieu court, took the lead in the score (4-3, then 5-3), not to let their opponent come back.
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Gabriel Debru, who has become the youngest player to pass a qualifying round this year – at 16 years and 4 months, at 16 years and 4 months, the first player since Bernard Tomic at the Australian Open 2008 – thus succeeds his compatriot Luca Van Assche, titled in 2021. All the hopes of French tennis will be pinned on them, after the retirements of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gilles Simon.
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Saturday, June 4, 2022
Junior men’s final
Gilles Arnaud BAILLY (BEL) – Gabriel DEBRU (FRA)
6-7 (first set)
3-6 (second set)
Saturday, June 4, 2022
“I would like to congratulate Gilles, he was a very good player, it was a very good match, congratulations to him”, greeted the Frenchman.
🟦⬜🟥 And it’s done! The French offered three match points and scored the first to claim the title in the junior tournament! (3-6)
🥎 And game for the French! (3-5)
Gabriel Debru leads 5 games to 3 and confirmed his break. He’s one game away!
Bailly erases several break points. This game drags on, it’s already the third tie.
🥎 Debru breaks! (3-4)
The Frenchman held on and resisted the good return of the Belgian. He is getting closer to the coronation, even if he will have to hold his service.
What a missile sent by the French on his forehand! He offers himself a break point before the switch. 30-40
What a great volley from Gabriel Debru! He goes back in front. 15-30
🥎 Debru resists (3-3)
And another shutout for Gabriel Debru on his serve.
🥎 Bailly takes the lead (3-2)
The Frenchman commits too many unforced errors and leaves the Belgian in the lead in this second set.
🥎 White game for Debru (2-2)
The Frenchman picks up two games everywhere after being solid on his serve.
78 minutes. That’s how long the first set lasted. What about the second?
🥎 Bailly concludes! (2-1)
The Belgian went for this point, erasing several break points. We are already at 16 minutes of play in this second set.
Debru finds the line and offers himself a new break point! The Belgian is on all the balls and defends extremely well. Back to 40A in a hotly contested new game.
🥎 Bailly breaks down (1-1)
Debru commits two unforced errors. Bailly takes the advantage. And achieves the break with a cross passing.
🥎 Entry break for Debru (0-1)
Gabriel Debru offers himself three break points. He misses the first, puts the second in the net, when he was all over the field. Bailly returns to 40A, but Debru achieves the break thanks to a magnificent passing!
🥎🥎🥎 The first set for Debru!
It took him a volley and two smashes to conclude this point, but it’s done! After an hour and ten minutes, Gabriel Debru wins the first set of this final, after winning the tie-break (5-7).
The first is saved by the Belgian, solid in defense. 5-6
Great lob from Gabriel Debru! He has two set points to conclude. 4-6
Debru erases his break, sending a ball into the net. OUCH! 4-5
Superb half-volley from the Frenchman who now leads 5 to 3! 3-5
Debru is in the lead in this tie-break. 2-4
The first point is for the French in this tie-break! 0-1
🥎 Bailly equalizes again! (6-6)
Led, the Frenchman recovers to 30-40. He misses a first set point, but saves two game points. Not enough for the Frenchman, who loses in this game. This set will be played in tie-break.
We are already at 54 minutes of play in this final.
🥎 Debru still ahead! (5-6)
A big first ball, then two aces – his fifth – allowed Gabriel Debru to win this game and go back in front in the score.
🥎 Bailly is back at 5 everywhere! (5-5)
Debru defended well, but Bailly was stronger in this game. This match will definitely last.
🥎 Great service game from Debru! (4-5)
Debru starts with two huge serves, which his opponent cannot return. The third is an ace. He easily concludes on a white game. Gabriel Debru keeps the advantage.
🥎 Bailly is picking up! (4-4)
Gabriel Debru thwarts completely in this game. White game for the Belgian who returns to equality. The Frenchman had done the hardest part, it seemed, however.
🥎 Bailly breaks down! (3-4)
The Frenchman saved a break point, but it wasn’t enough. The Belgian picks up.
🥎 Break for Debru! (2-4)
Incredible Debru! In difficulty, the Frenchman goes back to 40A after a superb smash. The French offered a first break point after a forehand right in the court! The first is saved by Bailly. Not the second! The Frenchman breaks first and now leads 4 games to 2.
🥎 Debru still in the lead! (2-3)
Debru has been struggling on his serve since the start of the match. Led 30-0, he returned to 30A thanks to two good first serves. The Frenchman concludes with a superb smash and keeps the lead in this match!
🥎 Bailly game (2-2)
The Belgian keeps his face-off. Gabriel Debru commits a few small faults and allows Bailly to equalize. We left on very tight bases and on very long exchanges.
🥎 Solid Debru! (1-2)
Gabriel Debru, once again led 40-15, returned to equality. He held on on break points, as in the first game. Under the “Gabriel, Gabriel, Gabriel”, the young Habs won a very long point! It’s going to be a big battle.
🥎 Bailly equalizes! (1-1)
This time, the Belgian didn’t hesitate and let the Frenchman score just one small point.
🥎 First game for Debru! (0-1)
The Frenchman made several mistakes at the start of the game, before waking up. Led 40-15, he returned to 40A, before pushing his opponent to the fault.
It’s time for this final!
It’s the start of the warm-up on the Simonne-Mathieu court!
The junior men’s finalists entered the field.
Diede De Groot crowned in wheelchair tennis!
It’s time for the presentation of the trophies and declarations of the young ladies finalists. The men’s final will then begin.
The Czech Havlickova titled
Among the junior ladies, it was the Czech Lucie Havlickova who won the final against the Argentinian player Solona Sierra in two sets (6-3, 6-3).
A ladies’ final full of promise
After this match, the women’s final will take place between the Polish Iga Swiatek and the American Cococ Gauff. A clash of titans promised between the world number one, undefeated for 34 matches, and the 18-year-old nugget, world number 18, and who is playing her first Grand Slam final.
A regular at precocity records
This was Gabriel Debru’s world ranking at the start of the tournament. His opponent of the day is 20th in his category, not ranked at ATP.
Gabriel Debru, the junior revelation of the Blues
It’s a nugget. Perhaps the future flavor of the French generation? His rare precocity and his already exceptional physical qualities make him the most promising player of a new brilliant blue generation. Here is the portrait of Gabriel Debru. ⤵️
Youngest player to win a qualifying round since… 2008
On May 16, Gabriel Debru became the youngest player to win a qualifying round for a Grand Slam tournament since Bernard Tomic at the Australian Open in 2008, winning against Arthur Fils Porte d’Auteuil. . His age ? 16 years and four months.
Gabriel Debru dismisses the Croatian Dino Prizmic in half
In the semi-final, the 16-year-old (1.95m) from Isère beat, in two stages, in a match disrupted by rain, the Croatian Dino Prizmic (6-1, 0-6, 6-3).
🎾 Hello everyone and welcome to this live stream to follow the final of the Roland-Garros junior tournament between the Habs Gabriel Debru and the Belgian Gilles Arnaud Bailly.
The match should start around 12:30 p.m. on the Simonne-Matthieu court.