The last Grand Slam of the season got off to a bad start for the French. Humbert and Paire were eliminated in the first round, Tsonga declared forfeit
His first ride seemed affordable, however. Opposed to Dusan Lajovic, 40th player in the world, BenoÃ®t Paire did not show his best face in the first round of the US Open and he was eliminated in four sets (3-6 , 5-7, 6-2, 4-6). Manhandled from the start by the Serbian, the French quickly lost his game and his nerves. With fourteen double faults and 44 unforced errors, the 49th player in the world offered many points to his opponent and inevitably, he got annoyed.
In the first set, he was seen tossing a bullet violently into the audience. Then, he smashed his opponent’s parasol at the end of the second set, when a spectator had spoken during the points and complained to the referee. Finally, several insults flew onto the court. Pair was having a bad day and winning the third set didn’t revive them either. The French therefore took the front door at the end of a fourth round where he never seemed able to overthrow his opponent.
And he was joined a few minutes later by Ugo Humbert. The seed number 23 was dominated by Peter Gojowczyk, 141st player in the world, in five sets (6-1, 1-6, 2-6, 7-5, 4-6) . A big disappointment for the Frenchman who had nevertheless ideally started the meeting, conceding only one game in the first set. He then collapsed, manhandled in the exchange, and the game turned in favor of the player from qualifying. The German then gained confidence and chained the winning shots (53 including 14 in the last set). TO?? note that the two executioners of the Blues will face each other on Wednesday in the second round.
Another bad news for the tricolor clan: the package of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Le Manceau, affected in the right calf, will not appear on the court against Casper Ruud on Monday evening. The Norwegian will finally face the Japanese Yuichi Sugita.
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