‘Party Party’ is over, and now the hangovers are here with the rebuilding of Australian tennis | French Open 2022

As Daria Savile clinched her first major-level win in over a year on Monday, the star who once carried Australian tennis can be seen among the crowds at Roland Garros.

US Open winner Sam Stosur was the first of two Australian tennis majors this year to leave the treasury clearly bare when it comes to the main contenders.

When Ash Party hit a forehand winner over Daniel Collins to win the Australian Open in January, champagne was flowing as the nation celebrated the talent of generations.

Party’s party felt like it was just starting to gear up when the three-time main winner retired in March. The bar was closed abruptly, the bottles re-sealed and a large litter loomed in sight.

The post-Ashe era began and her first Grand Slam since her retirement in Paris proved to be a sobering issue for local racers.

With Dasha Savile knocked out in the third round on Friday, ending a promising tournament from the former world number 20, no Australian has qualified for the round of 16 of the tournament. French Open.

Stosur, who is hoping to channel the next generation of Australian talent when she shuts down her racket after the final lap of the doubles circuit, noted from Paris: “I think Ashe covered some holes in where our players were.”

“All of a sudden, things don’t look right,” she said.

Australia’s top-ranked Alex de Minaur was knocked out of the opening round with just two wins from six visits to Paris, although his clay-court form in the leading events was stronger.

Former Champion Champion Alexei Buberin had only one win out of four attempts.

On the day Jason Kobler was beaten in straight sets by Cameron Norrie, Nick Kyrgios was training on a training court in Australia when he didn’t underestimate Bernard Tomic on social media.

42nd seed Agila Tomljanovic, now the country’s number one, reached the second round.

Savile, who is on her way back from ankle and Achilles heel problems, is on the cusp of crashing back into the top 100 and showing signs that she could be back.

This week proved to be a small step forward from a barely inspiring 2021 in Paris when two men and three women, including injured Barty, managed to win a Tour.

Jordan Thompson was the last Australian player to reach the third round in Paris in 2019, the same year that Barty won her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros.

“We’ve been lucky with Ash, haven’t we? Not that often, having the best player in the world,” said John Millman when evaluating Australia’s deserted landscapes set aside on the red mud of Paris this week.

But just as not a single swallow makes a spring, rushing to judge Australian tennis in a death spiral after a subpar performance in Paris would be a miscalculation.

The grass is usually greener for Australians when they cross the English Channel, although it would be an exaggeration to suggest any of the current set will match last year’s Barty instrument at Wimbledon.

Melman urged not to make hasty judgments, saying that having six men in the top 100 and Popyrin on the cusp is actually a fantastic effort given the global reach of tennis.

“I think it’s lost in Australia how hard tennis is,” he said. “We are not in your faces every week like footballers. There are probably 400 footballers on the list. Then you have a sport that is played in 180 countries.

“And you start doing the math and thinking, ‘If you can get one player into the top 100, that probably equates to having the best player in the league in Australia.’ I don’t play football. Everyone knows I like Footy. But from where we look at my players Tennis, that amazes me.”

Stosur hopes that some of the 11 Australian women ranked between 100 and 250 have learned from Barty, who is also planning to mentor young talent, and become tour operators.

She is confident Savile will make rapid progress if she can stay fit and has faith in the potential of Olivia Jadeki and teen Charlotte Kempeneres Butch, who played doubles this week.

“We need all of those to push each other and try to move up the rankings,” she said. “One of the top 100 players is by no means great, but hopefully we can push eight, 10 to 12 players into the next category. I hope it won’t be too long.”

In the long term, there is hope that the Barty effect will increase Australian talent. Coach registrations have gone up three times during the Grand Prix winner’s career and coach Craig Tezer hopes the retired World No. 1 will create a legacy of success.

“Five or six-year-olds who are starting now, in 10 to 15 years, may be the best youngsters in Australia. That’s what we hope for,” Taizer said. “Just the fact that there are more people playing tennis and playing sports is The other part of it, whether they make it to Ash’s place or not or play in the round, it doesn’t matter.”