And at the end it is Grégoire Barrère who wins? At first sight, this is what we have been thinking since the start of the week. Despite being led in quarter and semi-final, the French player managed to overcome these situations in the two previous matches. We were said the scenario would be similar in the third set to go to another crown, even when Zizou Bergs was on fire. But the young 21 years Belgium, coming from qualifyings, nevez doubted : with a very offensive tennis, bold, spectacular, and refreshing. All what we love.
For the one who integrated the tournament thanks to the withdrawal of Lucas Pouille, it is very funny to see him winning a second Challenger tournament in less than one month, after Saint-Petersburg. And he is a very nice successor to Grégoire Barrère, double defending champion here in Lille, we obviously do not forget. But at the moment to close this 2021 Play In edition, we have to focus on the fantastic performance Zizou Bergs just realised here in Lille. Who said Belgium players never upset French ones? After the defeat in Davis Cup final in Lille and the one of Belgium football team in semi final World Cup, the “Plat Pays” gave us a good lesson.
Even if there is still some « blue, white, red » in this story, since the first name of the new Play In challenger winner is directly inspired by dribbles quality of his father when he was a football player.