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Structural problem in french tennis 3 4.84%
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most of them in the 90s and beginning of the 2000s, but the French had their best players in the 80s and in recent years, precisely eras with several all-time greats.
I think Grosjean had a great shot at the beginning of 2000's also but he was quite unlucky to face Federer at Wimbledon when he just peaked and Agassi was also unplayable in this AO 2001.

As you said, no French players have had all the weapons at the same time. Monfils is probably the more completed player we've ever had. But he has other problems : injuries all the time, no tactic sometimes, lost often his focus, used to choke especially in the big match (look his final record)... Grosjean with a better BH would have been outstanding I guess.
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I think Grosjean had a great shot at the beginning of 2000's also but he was quite unlucky to face Federer at Wimbledon when he just peaked and Agassi was also unplayable in this AO 2001.

As you said, no French players have had all the weapons at the same time. Monfils is probably the more completed player we've ever had. But he has other problems : injuries all the time, no tactic sometimes, lost often his focus, used to choke especially in the big match (look his final record)... Grosjean with a better BH would have been outstanding I guess.
Or Gasquet with a better FH or Tsonga with a better BH.......the list can go on.
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U.S. tennis has been very poor for some time now so I'm not pointing any fingers at the French tennis players for sure!
I don't think it is that bad considering the fact that tennis is way down in the sports hierarchy...all the best athletes are into football(american), basketball, baseball, and hockey (money making sports); even Nascar is more popular than tennis .
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They have great depth which plenty of other nations would be envious of. Only Spain can compete with them in that department

I don't see the problem.
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A Frenchman hasn't won a Slam since 1983 (iirc). It's not like these problems are recent ones.

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All great players for the most part.
All big headcases for the most part.

Federer / Haas / Safin / Gaudio / Kuerten / Youzhny / Nadal / Gonzalez / Ljubicic / Hewitt / Soderling / Wawrinka / Coria / Nalbandian / Kohlschreiber
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All great players for the most part.
All big headcases for the most part.
Hard to call "great" players who have such glaring weaknesses in their game (BH for Tsonga, rally FH for Gasquet, no weapons for Simon)
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Or Gasquet with a better FH or Tsonga with a better BH.......the list can go on.
Yeah replacing any good players biggest weakness would probably do great things...

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They have great depth which plenty of other nations would be envious of. Only Spain can compete with them in that department

I don't see the problem.
The problem is precisely that!!
With such depth, we should have never stayed slamless for almost 30 years.Never in hell.
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If Tsonga played up to his potential he could win a slam. He just has problems with focus and consistency. Gasquet's forehand lets him down too much. The rest of them don't have a slam-winning game.
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If Tsonga played up to his potential he could win a slam. He just has problems with focus and consistency. Gasquet's forehand lets him down too much. The rest of them don't have a slam-winning game.
Even when he played up to his potential(AO 2008 or Wimbledon 2011), he couldn't win one so signs are that he will never do it,especially with all the new young guns who are coming (Tomic,Dimitrov,Dolgopolov,Nishikori) and the top 4 being as strong as ever.
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The real problem is the propensity to lose important matches, ie finals. Really a case of mental midgitude. Not much you can do but wait till a player with cojones springs up.
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The real problem is the propensity to lose important matches, ie finals. Really a case of mental midgitude. Not much you can do but wait till a player with cojones springs up.
You think Tsonga lacks "cojones" for example???
If anything, the guy has perhaps too much cojones for all the tennis talent he truly has (cf the very agressive way he plays, even on very important points).
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Too much frog for dinner. To be honest I do not see any problem with it. Many top guys among them. Not one with slam potential (maybe Jo) but good players overall.
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You think Tsonga lacks "cojones" for example???
If anything, the guy has perhaps too much cojones for all the tennis talent he truly has (cf the very agressive way he plays, even on very important points).
Surely it can be embarrasing having too much "cojones" to play tennis when you don't have a proper underwear

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