We were very lucky in having Roger Federer back at French Open -Organizer

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We were very lucky in having Roger Federer back at French Open -Organizer

The French Tennis Federation chief Bernard Giudicelli shared his satisfaction behind the tournament success in 2019. Giudicelli said: "For this edition, we were very lucky because we had Roger Federer back in Paris after three years of absence, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic.

We had the top four seeds in the semifinals, and it's very rare to have, at that stage of the competition, No. 1, 2, 3, 4 in the world on the courts. An opposition of stars and generation, which we were talking about before the tournament, indeed took place.

We were mentioning it before the tournament. Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas and Zverev have been a perfect illustration of that. Before the tournament, regarding women, the edition was very open. We knew that. With the victory of Barty, a beautiful victory, this has been confirmed.

And to remind the winners, we had eight different winners over the past ten years. Regarding the French players in doubles, Chardy and Martin, unfortunately, lost in finals, but the good news is that Kristina Mladenovic will become No.

1 in the world of the discipline of women's doubles, and this has to be mentioned. The journey of the French players and I certainly expect questions on this topic, was satisfactory, although the older player did not go too long.

We have to underline the journey of Benoit Paire, which was remarkable, Pierre-Hughes Herbert. Nicolas Mahut, who received the wildcard, some criticized it at the beginning of the tournament, but he proved that he was still very competitive at the highest level.

And then the young French players, Antoine Hoang, Corentin Moutet, who showed that their wildcard was totally justified and well-deserved. So it started with the qualies tournament on which we put more and more emphasis at Roland Garros, which was successful.

Among the 12 French players at the beginning, two qualified, Alexandre Muller, Elliot Benchetrit, who also won a match in the main draw and then was eliminated by the Serbian Lajovic."