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Eye of the Coach # 71 – why Roland-Garros could be in for a big surprise in 2023

In the latest episode of Eye of the Coach, Patrick Mouratoglou explains why Roland-Garros is ripe for big surprises in 2023.

April 9, 2023
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In the latest episode of Eye of the Coach, Patrick Mouratoglou explains why the 2023 clay-court season should be a wild ride, and why the upcoming edition of Roland-Garros could be the most exciting tournament we’ve seen in Paris for a long time. The legendary coach says Rafael Nadal turning 37 in early June while he is having so much difficulty staying healthy is the biggest reason that the window of opportunity is open for the rest of the field.

In addition to Novak Djokovic, Mouratoglou also believes that the young players on tour are finally in position to assert themselves as contenders.

Key moments

  • 0.08: Mouratoglou points out that the French Open has lacked suspense due to Nadal’s domination over the last decade and a half.
  • 0.15: Mouratoglou says that Nadal “Can still win, but he’s getting older and it’s more and more difficult.”
  • 0.30: The French coach points out that the upcoming players, such as Djokovic, Alcaraz, Rune, Sinner and Tsitsipas, are truly dangerous.
  • 0.55: Mouratoglou points out that the biggest consideration is the fatigue factor, and how Nadal will handle playing several best-of-five matches in succession.
  • 1.05: “You can feel that there is a field of guys that potentially could make a surprise,” Mouratoglou concludes.
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