A tiny thinning in the opaque grayness of French tennis? Benoît Paire won a match. By beating Finland's Emil Ruusuvuori (7-5, 5-7, 6-4) on Monday at the ATP 250 tournament in Geneva, the Frenchman won his first main draw match on the major circuit since the Australian Open, in january. He remained on 11 rank failures in the first round. Beaten in the first round in Cordoba, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Acapulco, Indian Wells, Miami, Monte-Carlo, Barcelona, Estoril, Madrid and Rome (phew!), the Frenchman finally won in a main draw on the major circuit this Monday, May 16 in the evening.
Since then, let's be honest, the Avignonnais has still won a few games. Three, exactly: one on the Phoenix Challenger in March, then two during the qualifications for the Madrid tournament in early May. This victory in Switzerland is perhaps a good omen so that Paire does not make a furtive appearance at Roland-Garros in a few days. To build up a little more confidence, he will now have to beat the solid Norwegian Casper Ruud, 8th player in the world this Tuesday.
Unfortunately, as the sunny spells never last long, remember that Gaël Monfils withdrew from Roland-Garros and that in Lyon on Monday, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga fell to 267th in the ATP rankings, Tsonga (37) lost 6-4 6-4 in front of the Slovak Alex Molcan, 47th in the world. In a few days, he will play his very last Roland-Garros.