World News – UA – Australians face tough French Open: Hewitt


Great Australian tennis player Lleyton Hewitt says John Millman and Alex De Minaur are ready for tough French Open

The rescheduled clay court event kicks off Sunday evening (AEST), after being pushed back four months due to COVID-19

World number one Ash Barty will not be in Paris to defend her title after choosing not to travel to Europe over concerns over current travel restrictions

There are still several Australians in the singles draw and Hewitt said both Millman and De Minaur faced preliminary tests at the event

« John Millman had a very difficult draw at Roland Garros, » Hewitt told SEN SA Breakfast

« He’s playing Pablo Carreno Busta (from Spain) who just finished a semi-final at the US Open, but I’m telling you now John is going to fight and it will be a backyard fight. for these two guys

“Alex (De Minaur) is playing a qualifier in the first round and he’s seeded 25th, in his section of the draw is Alexander Zverev who served for the US Open final under some pretty extraordinary circumstances at the end of this match he could potentially play it in the third round

« De Minaur actually grew up (on clay) but the style of play doesn’t suit him as much as the hard court or the grass as he likes to take the ball as early as possible and really tries to attack them. players and take time far from opponents

« He normally needs a few games (on clay) and he’s only had one tournament beforehand, so hopefully he can find a way to get past those first two rounds and that he will improve with every match he plays

Unlike Millman and De Minaur, who played at the US Open last month, Nick Kyrgios has not been on the ATP tour since February after choosing to stay in Australia during the pandemic

Hewitt said he remains in constant contact with the 25-year-old ahead of next year’s Australian Open

« It’s difficult for him because I don’t think the US Open without a crowd would have been ideal for him and obviously he has reasons for not going and playing

« For him, the French Open playing on clay with very limited preparation was probably the right decision (to be missed) but he just needs to make sure that by January he works hard and train as much settles down as much as possible just so her body is hardened before going out to play the Australian Open

« Even though it hasn’t been a lot of tournaments, (tennis officials) have tried to cram a lot together at the end of the year and a lot of his other opponents are going to play those leading matches. at the Australian Open « 

Alex de Minaur, French Open, Tennis, Australia, Marco Cecchinato

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