Tennis: Gaston joins Bonzi and Cazaux… Toulouse residents join action at Australian Open

Hugo Gaston, who was defeated in the final round of qualifiers but was drafted, joined Stade friends Benjamin Bonzi and Arthur Cazaux in the Australian Open final draw. Gaston and Bonzi will premiere next night (at 1am French time).

The wheel has finally turned. Bad luck in the game of “loser wins” after several withdrawals (Nadal, Kyrgios, etc.) combined with a few unsuccessful starts at the end of last season, Hugo Gaston found himself in 4th The highest ranked player will not qualify for the final draw at the Australian Open. After two well-controlled qualifying rounds against China Vu (171to) and Kazakh Zhukayev (188to), the Toulouse man had fallen to South African Harris (149to but 31to in September 2021). A draw, the pharmaceutical details of which we will spare you, eventually led to Arthur Cazaux and Benjamin Bonzi joining the table as drafted.

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Inherited from Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena, protégé of Younes El Aynaoui (67)to), who beat him on clay after 3 hours of play in the semi-finals in Seville (Challenger) last September. A new adventure on hard ground in Melbourne next night? “As long as Hugo doesn’t get ahead of him and score in the net,” says the Moroccan coach mischievously, aware that fate has been quite lenient this time, but had the Iberian still gotten the better of Holger Rune (8).to) during the last US Open.

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The draw was not very favorable for Benjamin Bonzi, who will face Lorenzo Musetti (25).to), also at 1 a.m., one of the brightest talents of his generation (21 years old). Toulouse (110) before worrying about the Italiansto) will return for the first time after two initial failures in the first round at the beginning of the year (Hong Kong, Auckland). His coach, Lionel Zimbler, decided on the same priority order when he reached Stadium He toured Melbourne last year and so has a lot to argue for: “Ben’ had a pretty good comeback match against Ruusuvuori, less so against Muller. Ben needs to take care of himself, his game and his self-confidence. It’s complicated for him right now. We’re making sure you’re ready for battle. “Given the current feelings, there is no point in intervening against the opponent too early.”

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those of Arthur Cazaux (108to) much better. After a great preparation in Dubai and the title in Nouméa (Challenger), Stadiste managed to quietly arrive in Australia, where he will challenge Laslo Djere, the tough fighter who beat Hugo Gaston on the night from Monday to Tuesday. At the US Open last year. Serbian (33to) is not a gift and will pass a new test of reliability to Arthur Cazaux, who was a junior finalist in Melbourne in 2020 and has never returned to the field since: “I have very hot conditions where we have to draw on the reserves. For me the Top 100 is not an obstacle “I plan to be in the Top 50 at the end of the year. I have to improve in intensity, intention and regularity. If I improve this, the rest will follow.” Maybe even from this first Major of the year.

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