In an interview, Marseille Open Tournament Director Jean-Francois Caujolle spoke about the Laver Cup that took place for the third year, this time in Geneva earlier in the season. The Frenchman said: "For me what's exciting is a real tennis match, not Federer and Nadal coaching.
It's just business, even if it's interesting to look at it. I do not know how the future of the Laver Cup will look like once Nadal and Federer retire." In 2020, the Laver Cup will be played in Boston, the United States.
Caujolle praised Nick Kyrgios: "His first quality is the charisma. What he gives on the court. A big behaviour with ups and downs. If he were a bit calmer, a bit more consistent, he would be the world number one. That was the case with Ilie Nastase, Gael Monfils sometimes.
And other guys who ate themselves alone. Federer was nervous, controversial and angry as a teenager because he had not reached perfection. He worked on himself depending on the goals he could reach. In general, on the court, you do not need to show your emotions."
On Felix Auger-Aliassime, Caujolle concluded: "It's about charisma too. He is promising. He is talented, strong physically. Federer took him under his control. They train together." Caujolle also spoke about what could happen when he will not be the tournament director anymore: "I will not go to the Caribbean. I will always be here. You need some younger people, I am tired of seeing myself in the prize ceremony every year."