The case was open secrecy. It was formalized this Tuesday at the end of the afternoon. Hugo Gaston, 20, French revelation of the last Roland-Garros, was invited to the final table of the Rolex Paris Masters, which is due to start this Monday, November 2. Benjamin Bonzi, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Corentin Moutet are the other happy beneficiaries of a wild card.
Since his Homeric defeat in the round of 16 on the Philippe-Chatrier court against Dominic Thiem after having taken out Stan Wawrinka, Gaston, king of the cushioning, dreamed aloud of a place among the 56 players admitted in the big table. His current ranking of 162nd in the world (he gained 82 places after Roland-Garros) does not allow him, in fact, to apply directly to the biggest tournaments.
Marc Barbier’s protégé has also resumed competition this week by competing in the qualifications of the Challenger tournament in Hamburg (the D2 of tennis), from which he extricated himself despite a defeat… as a lucky loser. The Toulousain then crossed the first round thanks to the abandonment of his opponent. He will meet Austrian Sebastian Ofner (171st) on Wednesday in the round of 16.
Four other French Tricolors (Antoine Cornut-Chauvinc, Hugo Grenier, Alexandre Muller and Arthur Rinderknech) were invited to the qualifications of the Parisian Masters 1000 (Saturday October 31 and Sunday November 1).
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