Jean-Francois Caujolle feels excited about the future of tennis. The Marseille Open Tournament Director spoke about the transition from Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to the next generation of players. "There are three unbelievable and never seen champions", said Caujolle.
"They are great and unique. Medvedev shows there can be variety and creativity in today's tennis, as well as Tsitsipas, Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov. Nick Kyrgios is a genius. It's true that Alexander Zverev and Karen Khachanov just hit the ball strong, they do not have a B plan.
Even Juan Martin del Potro, he hits the ball so strong. Or Andy Roddick or Lleyton Hewitt who did not come to the net at all back in the day. I am not afraid of the future." Caujolle added: "My company and I own the tournament.
I created it with my brother and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is among the investors. When I joined forces with Tsonga, I wanted him to become the next tournament director but I will always want to be involved in the event, it's like my baby.
The same thing with Lyon, I am among the organizers. Marseille budget is from $6 to 7 million. Appearance fees cover at least the same amount as prize money. I do not want to keep my money in the pocket, I want to organize the best possible tournament.
In the beginning, when we bought this event in 2009 from IMG, we lost money but now it's great." Caujolle also spoke about possibly having the defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas back in Marseille: "I am speaking with his agent Patricio Apey.
I will do my best. We signed Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Karen Khachanov, Daniil Medvedev... I would like to have Tsitsipas and Matteo Berrettini too. The mindset is to invest in younger players."