Tennis - French tennis officials say top French players have a mental problem


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Tennis - French tennis officials say top French players have a mental problem

Tennis - The French public's wait for a home champion at their own grand slam has not been as long as the Brits. Fred Perry was the last Brit to win the Wimbledon men's singles title in the 1930s. For the French, their last player to triumph at Roland Gaross was Yannick Noah in 1983, marking three decades since one of their own won the French Open in Paris.

France currently has five players in the top 30 of the world rankings, including Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet in the top 10. But top tennis officials in France to do not believe any of the their current lot will be able to break that drought.

Speaking to Reuters, French national technical director Patrice Hagelauer comments, "It's been 30 years since a Frenchman won a grand slam but we have not had a top-three player, capable of winning big titles, for 30 years.

All those who win - apart from Federer - have their own structure. You need a team with a coach, a physio and all. Only Jo has it." French Open director Gilbert Ysern comments, "We have no influence in what makes a champion because they have it inside of them or they don't.

They lack the little extra technical skills or physical power. And when you listen to them, the problem is mental. A champion may be the one who does not have that humility, who can say, even when he loses in straight sets: 'I'm stronger than him'."