It's 33 years now that no French tennis player has won a Grand Slam title. Last time it happened, was 1983 when Yannick Noah triumphed at Roland Garros. Mats Wilander thinks that the many expections a whole country has on its players doesn't help the scenario.
'No person in tennis can understand the pressure on a player from Britain, the U.S., from Australia nor especially, I think, from France' the former Swedish player told Reuters. The Eurosport commentator, who won 33 titles in his career including seven Grand Slams, also added: 'I think the longer it (the drought) goes on, the harder it gets.
Yannick transcended sport in the way that Andre Agassi did, and Bjorn Borg. Kids who would otherwise have played soccer wanted to play tennis. But the longer it goes without a grand slam champion, the smaller the pool of kids you influence.' ALSO READ: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: 'I don't take any risk anymore'.