Two French people will be present in the second round of the French Open on Thursday and they will have deserved it. After Thomas Rouxel, who delivered an epic fight against Kantaphon Wangcharoen on Tuesday, Brice Leverdez qualified this Wednesday for the round of 16 by defeating the Indian Kashyap Parupalli (n ° 32), against whom he presented a record unfavorable (3 defeats for 1 victory).
The nine-time champion of France (37th in the world) got off to the best start by winning the first round, but the balance of power was reversed in the next and Leverdez was able to straighten the bar by largely dominating the decisive set (21-17, 17-21, 21-11).
“I know these are my last years so I’m making the most of it”
At 35, Leverdez appreciated his victory all the more because he knows the particular flavor of this meeting in front of the Parisian public: “I was not at all sure if I would play here again in men’s singles. I must have been playing here almost every year for eleven or twelve years. I know these are my last years so I’m making the most of it. “
In the next round, Thursday, he will meet the winner of the match between Taiwanese Tien Chen Chou, 4th in the world and winner of the IFB in 2014, and Indian Prannoy (No. 31). For his part, Thomas Rouxel will be opposed to Cheuk Yiu Lee (Hong-Kong, n ° 14).