After the various controversies regarding the allocation of wild cards for Roland Garros, the French players (we all remember that, in 2017, Paul-Henri Mathieu had not received and had had to go through qualifications for its last season), the French tennis Federation decided this year to put in place a system of “Race” : the player and the player traffic accumulating the most points in ten tournaments Challengers and ITF French between January and mid-may get a invitation. Even before the end of the last men’s tournament, which is taking place this week in Aix-en-Provence, we already know that it is Grégoire Barrère, who won the precious sesame. The île-de-france 25 years old, who was sparing-partner of the France team for Davis Cup in the last final, is currently 118eme world and has won tournaments as a Challenger of Quimper and Lille. He has played in the last four at Roland Garros, being eliminated in the first round of the qualification or main event. The second wild card will be awarded to the first French player, don’t play nicely with the final table, ranked in the ATP ” Race to London “, Monday, may 13. If the count ended on Thursday, it’s Quentin Halys (22 years old, 176eme in the ATP rankings) that would be rewarded.
Albie rewarded in women
In women, the first wild-card is assigned to Audrey Albie (age 24, 285eme), a finalist in Calvi and Andrézieux-Bouthéon this year. These past two seasons, she lost in the first and in the second round of the qualification of Roland Garros. The second is expected to return to Jessika Ponchet (22 years old, 195eme).
#RG19 “Race” wild-cards : Grégoire Barrère wins his invitation. The last tournament for the final standings, this week: Aix-en-Provence (Gentlemen) and Cagnes-sur-Mer (Ladies). More info ➡️ https://t.co/YFglFEx0JU #AgirEtGagner pic.twitter.com/ncPR1vnR08
— FFT (@FFTennis) 9 may 2019