The French tennis players, led by the world number 10 and number 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet respectively, are having a successful Open 13 tournament so far as many have reached the second round. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is currently the defending Open 13 champion and therefore he didn’t need to play in the first round as he received a bye straight into the second round, where he will play against Nikolay Davydenko. Tsonga’s biggest threat in the tournament is the top seed and world number 9, fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
Like the defending Champion Tsonga has done, Richard Gasquet was one of four players to receive a first round bye for the Open 13. As it’s the top four seeds who receive the bye past the first round, Tsonga, Gasquet, Ernests Gulbis and Andreas Seppi were all automatically advanced through to the second round. There is only one more first round match to be played as Julien Benneteau will be taking on Jesse Huta Galung and if Benneteau wins, it means that there could be 6 Frenchman in the second round out of the 9 that entered.
If everything goes as predicted, the Open 13 crowd are in for an all French final as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet could meet for the title. There has already been an all French clash in the first round when Nicolas Mahut struggled against Kenny De Schepper, but Mahut still managed to advance into the second round, where he will play Richard Berankis. Five of the second round matches include a Frenchman and if all of the home players are victorious, each quarter-final will see a Frenchman in it. Great Britain’s representatives Dan Evans & Kyle Edmund have already been knocked out in the first round.
Author Daniel Foster.
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