In an interview to WeLoveTennis, the French Open Tournament Director Guy Forget commented on Dominic Thiem's potential. "He has just reached two French Open finals. That does not happen by chance. He showed to be able to beat all the best players in the world, including Rafael Nadal.
He has not done it in five sets yet. That's probably the last step." "Now players handle their recovery and fitness preparation better. They look more at the long term and they have a better schedule compared to the past.
In the same time, the game is more Brutal. They push each other. The players who are 35 or over years old like Nicolas Mahut say that they can still play because Federer does it. That's a good thing." Asked to judge the tournament overall, Forget concluded: "We wanted to finish the women's on Saturday and men's on Sunday.
We have an amazing male winner and Ashleigh Barty is a player we will speak of in the future because she has enormous talent. Unfortunately, we dealt with complicated weather conditions for several days with strong wins and rain.
In 2020, we will have a roof." Former tennis player Michael Llodra spoke about how the crowd support works in the French Open: "When we face a Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer, who has not been there for some years, the crowd is split of course.
Even handling the expectations when you are a seeded player can be difficult to handle, even if being experienced makes a difference. The crowd backs you and here it's really magical. I had my best emotions on the Philippe Chatrier."