1998 Australian Open semifinalist Nicolas Escude is not happy with the results French players are achieving at the Grand Slam level. France has never been lacking talent in both the men's and women's Tour but they haven't enjoyed much success on the Grand Slam level in singles.
France has some of the best doubles players in the world, who are winning Grand Slam titles, but they want more singles success. "Today, indeed, the results at the highest level have been historically catastrophic.
A single Frenchman in the third round of a Grand Slam, no one in the second week, it's not necessarily brilliant," Escude said, per Tennis Actu.
Escude played a key part in the 2001 Davis Cup win
Escude was a member of the French team that won the 2001 Davis Cup.
Escude will now be following this year's French team, who is set to play at the Davis Cup Finals -- that is kicking off this week. The French team suffered a setback when Ugo Humbert pulled out of the competition. "Last few months were demanding, I unfortunately didn't succeed to come back on Tour despite all my determination and effort," Humbert said in a statement posted on his Twitter account.
"At this point it's beter to take care of myself, to look forward to a great 2022 season, which is why I took the very hard decision to and my 2021 season." France Davis Cup team captain shocked everyone when he snubbed Gael Monfils out of the Davis Cup selection.
Even after Humbert pulled out, Monfils wasn't nominated. "Sebastien Grosjean and I had discussions about this, and he wanted me to recover. If there is a playoff in February, I'll be there. I'll be selected.
I think that Sebastien has made his decision. We have had a lot of discussions, as he told you certainly. He's the captain. He decided to let me recover, blow off some steam," Monfils explained.