A big first for Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard and Arthur Fils

A big first for Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard and Arthur Fils
A big first for Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard and Arthur Fils

Having been drafted from qualifying on Sunday, Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard played his very first match at Wimbledon on Tuesday, which he won after a terrible arm wrestle against the American Sebastian Korda. It was also a big first for Arthur Fils who beat the Swiss Dominic Stricker.

Out of a total of twenty French players entered in the main draw (14 men and 6 women), six out of twelve had advanced to the second round on Monday. On Tuesday, three advanced, two were beaten, two saw their match interrupted by the night and one (Halys-Eubanks) was completely rescheduled on Wednesday due to a delay caused by rain.

. It goes (3): Mpetshi Perricard, Son and Garcia

Beaten in the third round of qualifying, Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard was drafted on Sunday after the withdrawal of the Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich. And he honored this stroke of fate by beating the American Sebastian Korda (21st) 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (4/7), 6-3 in 3h21, not counting the interruption by rain.

“The course is slippery, sometimes there were moments when it was almost playable. But I knew how to stay calm. That was the most important thing because he was playing really well.”commented Mpetshi Perricard.

At 20, the Frenchman is playing his first Wimbledon and has never yet won a Grand Slam match, with two participations so far at Roland-Garros (2023, 2024).

So this victory has the special flavor of ” the first one “.

“I lost in five sets last year at Roland Garros, and again in five this year. I thought, am I going to win a Grand Slam match? It feels good, especially against an opponent like that, on this surface, and as a lucky loser.”he stressed.

Against Korda he was able to rely on his enormous serve: 51 aces and 48 additional service winners, or 99 points won directly on the serve out of the 186 won in total during the match.

“It’s not easy to serve. Otherwise, everyone would be strong. When you’re tall (he’s 2m tall, editor’s note), it definitely helps. But if you don’t have good technique, if you haven’t worked in training, if you haven’t spent hours and hours on the basket, you’re not going to be able to serve many aces in a match. The guys return very well, so you have to be more and more precise.”he noted.

He will face Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka (90th) on Thursday to try to reach the third round on the London grass.

Arthur Fils (34th) also won his first match at Wimbledon against the Swiss Dominic Stricker (149th) 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

The next round is likely to be more complicated, against the Pole Hubert Hurkacz (7th), semi-finalist in 2021 and who lost in the round of 16 last year.

French number one Caroline Garcia during her victory in the first round of Wimbledon against Russian Anna Blinkova, July 2, 2024 in London / Glyn KIRK / AFP

Caroline Garcia, world number 24 and French number 1, qualified by defeating the Russian Anna Blinkova (60th) 6-4, 7-5.

The 30-year-old from Lyon, who reached the third round last year, will face the American Bernarda Pera (97th).

Since that third round at Wimbledon in 2023, Garcia has not made it past the second round in a Grand Slam: beaten in the first round of the 2023 US Open, she lost in the second round this year at the Australian Open and Roland-Garros.

. It breaks (2): Lestienne, Dodin

After a good start from Constant Lestionne (92nd), the match turned at the end of the second set in favor of his Italian opponent Lorenzo Musetti (25th) who won 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 6-2. Like last year, the Frenchman leaves Wimbledon at the start.

Océane Dodin (79th) was clearly dominated by the Ukrainian Daria Snigur (130th and from qualifying) 6-4, 6-0 in 50 minutes.

. Interrupted by the night (2):

Lucas Pouille – Laslo Djere (SRB) 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 0-0 Pouille service

Arthur Rinderknech – Kei Nishikori (JPN) 5-7, 6-4, 1-1 service Nishikori

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