Five French people dream of passing the qualification mark for Roland-Garros, like Lucas Pouille, this Friday. But the dream is already over for Alice Robbe.
Alice Robbe will still have to wait to play her very first Grand Slam tournament. The 23-year-old Frenchwoman, ranked 190th in the world, failed in the third qualifying round this Friday at Roland-Garros. Opposed to the Czech prodigy Brenda Fruhvirtova, already 146th in the world at only 16 years old, the Norman did not make the weight. She lost 6-3, 6-0 in 1h17. Robbe notably lost her serve five times, while her opponent saved the four break points she had to defend.
Despite an audience won over to her cause on court n°7, the Frenchwoman was largely dominated, notably committing 40 unforced errors, against only 12 for the Czech, who therefore joins her sister Linda (18 years old, 56th in the world) in the big picture. Alice Robbe will now return to the ITF circuit using her great Parisian experience, which will have allowed her to gain experience and confidence. But also to pocket 34,000 euros, while she has only received around 20,000 euros in prize money since the start of the year, with two victories and a final on the ITF circuit in particular.
While Lucas Pouille brilliantly extricated himself from qualifying on Thursday, there are still four who hope to join him today: Laurent Lokoli (28 years old, 198th), Geoffrey Blancaneaux (24 years old, 161st), Fiona Ferro (26 years old, 462nd ) and Elsa Jacquemot (20 years old, 175th).