This interview is something special

This interview is something special
This interview is something special

Frenchman Maxime Janvier has made it into the main draw in London for the first time and earned a payday. In a remarkable interview, he nevertheless sharply criticizes the conditions in the tennis mecca and on the tour.

To serve at the Wimbledon tournament once: almost everyone who picks up a tennis racket at a young age dreams of it. Maxime Janvier managed it for the first time at the age of 27. But it doesn’t sound like a dream has come true for him.

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After his first-round exit at the All England Championships against the Chinese Zhang Zhizhen (6:7, 3:6, 2:6), the qualifier from France gave a remarkable interview – and showed little enthusiasm for the Mecca of the white sport.

Maxime Janvier was not impressed with his Wimbledon experience

“It is nicer to be treated better,” Janvier told the French publication The team, But in Wimbledon he was bothered by the unequal treatment: “I learned here, for example, that there are two changing rooms: one for the seeded players and one for the others.” Janvier does not like this privileged treatment for the bigger stars – and the fact that he himself enjoyed it compared to his usual tournament environment irritated him rather than pleased him: “It disgusted me, the gap is too big.”

Janvier also criticizes the structure of the ATP: In his view, players receive far too few points for the ranking in the first rounds: “There is no stability. The system is very tough.”

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Wimbledon qualifier Janvier: “I am a fatalist”

Janvier, who normally plays on the lower-class Challenger Tour, had already attracted attention before the tournament started: his reaction to qualifying for the main draw went viral as a video clip. Janvier – best world ranking to date: 170th place – celebrated loudly and openly about the 60,000 pounds prize money he earned. “La Maison! La Maison!” he shouted loudly – loosely translated in the imagery of gambling: “The bank! The bank!”

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The bluntness with which Janvier speaks is unusual in the tennis world – but Janvier is rather surprised that he has been called a “rebel” because of it: “I don’t know why I should be a rebel. I just say things. I’m not shy, maybe I just say what everyone is thinking in secret. There is a lot of hypocrisy in this world in general. I prefer to stay as I am.”

Janvier sees himself as a “fatalist” who has to accept bad conditions in tennis and in life, but still does not want to be satisfied with them: “I accept them, but I will not let myself be changed. There are people who want me to hold back, but I don’t want that anymore. In the end, we all die and end up underground anyway, we only have one life.”

Despite everything, Janvier wants to use his life to continue fighting for paydays like at Wimbledon, as long as he is still physically able to: “There is no money in the Challengers. My goal is to qualify for more Grand Slams, to win matches that will earn me a little money. If I can no longer do that, I will say goodbye without regret. And I will say to the younger ones: good luck to you!”

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