In an interview with Telegramme, the Brest Challenger Tournament Director Nicolas Escude spoke about the success of the French event. Escude believes the biggest up-and-coming players all go through Brest. Escude said: "That's the message I keep sending the crowd and partners.
We will never be French Open: we will never see Djokovic, Nadal or Federer here. But we may be able to see the next Djokovic, Nadal or Federer. And we had them with Karen Khachanov, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev, Matteo Berrettini to mention some of them.
We are the springboard for those generations that will go the biggest level afterward. We have to keep it on our minds when we look at the field. Here you have the future. We have an Arena which is rare in the Challengers. The Brest Open facilities are just amazing.
I keep in touch with the French Tennis Federation, ATP at an international level, all the local partners starting from Credit Agricole. I have a team around me that helps me, which mainly allows me to focus on the sports aspect of the tournament." And asked who could look like the next Djokovic among this year's players, Escude replied: "It's so difficult to predict a career...
I would say that apart from the Frenchmen, the players to follow this year are Ugo Humbert, Corentin Moutet, Antoine Hoang, but also the 21-year-old South African or the Japanese Yuichi Sugita, who reached the Stockholm Open semifinals. They are definitely players to follow."
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