A remarkable quality of play and level of competition, highly suspenseful encounters, players with already impressive backgrounds (the winner and three semi-finalists of the last Roland-Garros for juniors were present at this Coupe de Galéa 2022)… but at the end, France always wins! This is not new since the French 18-year-old boys team won their sixth consecutive European title.
However, the young Belgians gave the Blues a hard time. In the first match of the final, Arthur Fils was jostled by Alexander Blockx, who won the first set (6-2) and quickly broke in the second set. But the former Orange Bowl winner and Roland-Garros junior 2021 finalist regained the upper hand and won in the next two sets (7-5.6-1), offering the first point of the final to the selection. French.
“A perfect state of mind”
It was therefore up to Luca Van Assche, born in Belgium and naturalized French, to win the next point against Gilles-Arnaud Bailly. The same scenario repeated itself since the Belgian offered himself the first set (6-3), before giving in under a scorching temperature. Solid, a fine tactician and consistent during the long rallies of crossed backhands, the one who had won Roland-Garros junior 2021 without losing the slightest set, returned serenely to the game and offered France the Coupe de Galéa 2022 (3-6, 6 -3, 6-2), his personal second.