This is what we call a well-deserved wild-card! Invited by organisers, Jurgen Briand (22 years, ranked 856th) will play this Tuesday his first match in the main draw of a Challenger tournament, thanks to his victory in qualifyings over Belgium Heyman (424th), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
A nice revenge for the resident of Paris area, who plays in Rueil-Malmaison, on the verge to put an end to his career 8 months ago, before being financially supported on the Tour by a private sponsor for the two following years. « Without this help, I would not be there. A few months ago, I gave tennis lessons in my club », told us the young man, with a large laugh after saving a double break point at 0-2 in the third set against Heyman. « He played well, but I knew I would have an opportunity in the third set, even if it was very tough. At the end it was a lot of emotion, we think about where we come from, I really started again practice in October it is just fantastic. »
Emotion shared with Rueil Athletic Club, which followed his match thanks to Live streaming solution which was implemented by the tournament. He will try to extend its Lille adventure, this Tuesday, against Tristan Lamasine (257th), in the first round.