January 23, 2022

Tennis: 5 good reasons to go to the Caen Open

Alizé Cornet, French n ° 1, will compete in the Caen Open for the first time. (© Corinne Dubreuil)

1 / Because it’s been a long time!

Like many other events, cultural or sporting, the Caen Tennis Open had to admit defeat in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. After starting his qualifications, he had ended with a bitter taste for tennis fans, since the final stages had to be canceled because of the 2nd confinement.

A year to forget for the Caen tournament which grew in strength over the editions, and had already welcomed players of the caliber of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Daniil Medvedev, Tommy Robredo, Benoît Paire, Richard Gasquet and David Ferrer. Not to mention the tenniswomen, who have been competing on the Zénith court since 2017, with for example Elina Svitolina, Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Caroline Garcia. In short, we were not unhappy to find this high level competition, which always reserves a quality show.

2 / To support Alizé Cornet and Lucas Pouille

Renowned for its volcanic character, Alizé Cornet has calmed down over the years. It must be said that the Niçoise has experience to spare, she who began her professional career at 16, in 2006. In 15 years of a busy career, she has won nine titles on the WTA circuit (six in singles and three doubles) and accumulated $ 7.8 million in prize money. Not to mention a superb Fed Cup with the France team in 2019! Now 31 years old, the French n ° 1 and 59th player in the world no longer sets goals “except to have fun on the field”. It will be her first participation in the Caen Open, where she will challenge Kontaveit.

With my competitive temperament, I will be keen to try to win it.

Alizé Cornet

After two years marked by injuries, Lucas Pouille wants to find sensations. The former world No. 10 fell back to 155th today due to repeated injuries. Aged 27, the winner of the Davis Cup 2017 with the Blues will be in Caen for the first time, in search of benchmarks.

The scene is very dense in Caen. I want to face players of this caliber to find out where I am before I start the season ahead. I obviously know that I am not going to be the favorite, but I have been able to see this season that without a physical glitch, I am able to have a very solid game.

Lucas Pouille
Author of a magnificent 2021 season, Ugo Humbert (world n ° 35 and French n ° 2) will be at the Zénith de Caen for the first time.
Author of a magnificent 2021 season, Ugo Humbert (world n ° 35 and French n ° 2) will be at the Zénith de Caen for the first time. (©DR)

3 / To discover the new tricolor

This year, the organization absolutely wanted to “renew the set”. Thus, tennis fans will discover new faces at the Zénith. In 2021, Ugo Humbert reached its best world ranking by climbing to 25th place. Since coming down to 35th place, he remains the runner-up to French n ° 1, Gaël Monfils (21st). Pro since 2016, Messin won his first ATP500 in 2021, in Halle, Germany, beating Andrey Rublev (5th) in the final. Before, he had achieved other good performances by winning against Medvedev (2nd), Zverev (3rd) and Tsitsipas (4th). He reached the quarter-finals at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

This will be his first participation in the Caen Open, just like Arthur Rinderknech (58th) and Benjamin Bonzi (64th). The first had a magnificent year 2021 punctuated by a selection with the French team in the Davis Cup at the end of November. The second was illustrated on the secondary circuit by pocketing six titles in one season.

4 / To see world n ° 7 Anett Kontaveit at work

20th in the world at the time of the announcement of his arrival in Caen, Anett Kontaveit has since climbed into the top 10, 7th to be precise. The 25-year-old Estonian makes a cannonball end to the season, with two titles in Moscow (Russia) and Cluj (Romania), and a final at the Guadalajara Masters in Mexico, where she lost to the Spaniard. Muguruza, after having dominated the world n ° 3 (Krejcikova), 4 (Pliskova) and 6 (Sakkari)! This year, she will be the big favorite of the Caen tournament, where only Aliza Cornet seems able to defeat her.

Among boys, another former world No. 7, the Belgian David Goffin will be back in Caen after his stints in 2013 and 2014. The only player in the running to have already won the Caen Open (in 2013), he will be the man to beat to register his name for the first time on the tournament winners. .

5 / To see a Caen playing

Jules Marie will wear the Caen colors in the men’s final table. Former Caen TC licensee, Jules Marie won the qualifications for the Open de Caen at Folie-Couvrechef for the third time this year, as in 2018 in 2019, giving him a new ticket to the Zénith.

The native of Caen is also the player to have played the most Open in Caen, since it will be the 6th time (he was invited in 2012, 2013 and 2015)! Aged 30, Jules Marie had bluffed everyone in 2019 by inviting himself to the final after beating Grégoire Barrère, Pablo Andujar and Benoît Paire. He only yielded in the final in three sets against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. “The craziest three days of my career,” he said. After his magnificent career in 2019 at the Caen Open, will Jules Marie create a surprise again in 2021?

Practical: From December 14 to 17, at the Zénith in Caen. Tel: 08 91 67 00 17. Prices: 9.50 to 16.50 euros.

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