The criticism of Gael Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon, and Richard Gasquet has not impressed France’s Constant Lestienne, who considers these four to be members of a “golden French generation.” Monfils, Tsonga, Simon, and Gasquet were all regarded as some of the greatest players in the game and predicted to win Grand Slams about twenty years ago.
But since Yannick Noah won the French Open in 1983, France has yet to produce a male Grand Slam champion. “People are unaware of how excellent this generation has been, how great they have all been. We had four or five players among the top 20; that won’t happen again tomorrow.
Additionally, they are all wonderful people that I know. They are fantastic men with outstanding careers. I would want to be able to put an end to all the individuals who have always criticized them because, in their opinion, they should have won something like five Grand Slams apiece (laughs).
They did their best, but they needed a little more luck “Punto de Break was told by Lestienne.
Lestienne: They came across “three aliens.”
Since roughly 2003, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer have dominated the Grand Slam landscape.
Many incredibly brilliant and accomplished players were prevented from winning a Grand Slam because of the Big Three. In a good way, Lestienne called those three greats “aliens” and believes they had a significant role in his four fellow countrymen’s failure to win a Grand Slam.
Gillou informed Lestienne that, for example, to win a big event, one must always defeat Federer in the quarterfinals, Nadal in the semifinals, and Djokovic in the championship match. “Really, this generation has been amazing.
Nothing else needs to be said. Simply put, they encountered three aliens. And take Richard, for instance, who has been competing in tennis for more than 20 years and is still playing now. Wow, he’s a tennis freak!”