Blancaneaux Wins French Open Juniors Title

Geoffrey Blancaneaux

PARIS, June 5, 2016

Geoffrey Blancaneaux from France saves three match points en route to claim the boys’ singles title of the French Open, winning against Felix Auger Aliassime 1-6, 6-3, 8-6.

“It was incredible, all the public. Yannick Noah, too. He pushed me to the limits and I was very happy to won,” the 17-year-old Paris native told and was overwhelmed to meet Yannick Noah on the court.

“He told me that I produced a great performance and that I shouldn’t give up mentally, physically. Even though there were some ups and downs, I didn’t throw in the towel. He encouraged me,” the world number 39 in the junior’s ranking said and added:

“I want to succeed in life, and when I’m contending with difficulties, I hang on. This is my principle. I wanted to win, and there were lots of emotions for Felix. In the last two games I managed to take the upper hand physically and mentally.”

Auger Aliassime was obviously disappointed afterwards but could also see the positives from this week.

“Just after my loss I was really disappointed after getting so close. I mean, you can’t really get any closer than that. After looking back to my week, I think I have made some great improvement. I’m happy with what I did, but I think it’s another good lesson. I’m just gonna come back stronger,” the only 15-year-old Canadian said.

“With the work I’ve done and I know what I am able of, I know I can achieve some great things. I just want to keep having fun, keep doing what I do best, and hope to get a title soon. I’m going back home now. I’m still in school, so I’ve got to go back home and work on that. Then, rest a little bit and train and then two and-a-half weeks I’m going to be back in Europe for Wimbledon,” the teenager said, who is doing distance high school via the internet.