The Parisian was more than patient and the reward is well deserved. Monday, Quentin Halys entered the Top 100 for the first time in his career. He is the 80th French player to have crossed this symbolic bar. It’s on clay d‘Aix, last week, that the Blanc-Mesnil player earned his holy grail. On the edge of the Top 100 for many weeks, Tired is finally released. The 25-year-old has been waiting for this for many seasons. Former world number 3 Juniors and finalist of theUS Open juniors 2014, the Parisian will perhaps reach new milestones this season. The objective will be to “scratch” victories on the ATP circuit and to settle permanently in the 100. For Tennis Actuthe Habs returned to this fine achievement.
Quentin Halys at the microphone of Tennis News
“There has been a lot of progress, experiences, painful defeats but it’s cool to see that the project continues to move forward”
Quentin, on Monday you had the privilege of seeing your name among the top 100 players in the world. What did you feel?
It was cool. I hadn’t been very far from it for several weeks. In the end, it doesn’t change much. It’s a symbolic barrier all the same nice. It will encourage me to train hard rather than rest on my laurels.
Do we remember the road traveled since the US Open 2014?
There are quite a few tournaments so I didn’t have much time to look back. Of course, there has been a lot of progress, experiences, painful defeats, but it’s cool to see that the project continues to move forward.
You were close in 2017, very close in 2018, then there was a long period between the 150e and the 200e place before you approach it again this year. The last few weeks, you were brushing past without going inside. How did you experience it? Was it tiring? Did you feel a weight?
No, I didn’t have more weight than that. Journalists tell you a lot about it. I didn’t necessarily have any pressure. I had missed in 2018 and there, I managed to ignore, to focus on the matches. Nothing has changed. My level of play has not changed. It’s up to me to keep going.
Welcome to the Top 100, @QuentinHalys!
The ðŸ‡«ðŸ‡· joins the club at No. 100 after reaching the quarter-finals in Aix-en-Provence.
— ATP Challenger Tour (@ATPChallenger) May 10, 2022
“I’m going to get into the ATP tournaments a lot. There will already be Roland-Garros and Wimbledon. Financially, it’s secure”
This year, two Challenger titles and the Top 100, mission accomplished for the first half?
Yes, the mission was “accomplished”. There were defeats despite everything, even if they were good defeats, that gives me a lot of work leads. A good first semester but I want more. My level of play is very good. From one tournament to another, the matches are good. It’s encouraging.
7 victories on the ATP circuit in career, the objective now is to cross the course in ATP 250?
At the start of the year, the objective was to switch to ATP. Now my ranking will allow me to play a lot more. There will be more points, well-ranked opponents. I feel capable of it.
From now on, you will be able to get more points. Is it finally this great milestone that has been crossed?
The most important thing was to enter these tournaments. This summer, I think I will be doing a lot of ATP tournaments. There will already be Roland-Garros and Wimbledon. Financially, it’s secure.
Does the financial aspect allow you to be more serene?
It’s certain. I will invest more in my tennis, probably take a physio, put the odds on my side. It makes me want to invest even more in my project!
Did progressions like those of Benjamin Bonzi or Arthur Rinderknech inspire you?
Inspired, I don’t know… But when we see them capable, we say to ourselves “why not us? “I’m super happy for them. Everyone has their own path. It’s cool to see them succeed and to see each other among young French people. It motivates and it makes you want to work hard to catch up.
You were talking about young French people, we talk a lot about the next generation. Are you optimistic for the future of French tennis?
It’s hard to talk about the next generation in an individual sport. Everyone must go their own way. We had an incredible generation. Lucas managed to break into the Top 10, Ugo the Top 20. We can’t all be champions but I have the feeling that everyone is doing their best. We are not all meant to be 10e world.
Quentin Halys, titled in Lille in March
“At Roland-Garros, I don’t forbid myself to go very far”
Roland-Garros, it will be the first time that you will be there directly thanks to your ranking. What state of mind are you going there with?
A huge satisfaction because it’s the first time that I owe nothing to anyone. It’s very encouraging. I can not wait to be there. We’re going to finish preparing for that and I hope it will be good matches with great atmospheres. I do not forbid myself to go very far.
Do you think you will be under less pressure?
Yes, I will put less pressure on myself. I will enjoy the present moment more. There’s plenty to do.
You have already played Nadal or Nishikori in the first round at Roland. You also had more favorable draws. What would you prefer?
If we can avoid one of the best in the first round, that would be good. We see that the level between a 100e and a 30/40e, it’s tight. There are more and more exploits. We’ll see, but I feel capable of beating a lot of players. You have to be ready and play the match on D-Day.
What wish to end the year?
To continue to be in good shape, win as many matches as possible and ride this positive wave.