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Adrian Mannarino will only participate at the Olympic Games if he wins Roland-Garros

French tennis player Adrian Mannarino hiiting a 2-handed backhand on clay

Adrian Mannarino on clay

We know that Mannarino struggles on clay, but to what extent? We covered this in a previous article, but the Frenchman has the worst win percentage on the surface since the ATP was established in 1990 and for players who have played at least 50 matches. At the time of writing that article, Mannarino had only won 21.9% of his career matches on clay.

Since then, his performances on clay have not improved, as he was eliminated in the first round of the Madrid and Rome Masters 1000 tournaments and the Aix-en-Provence Challenger. This is rather surprising for a player ranked 22nd in the world.

Making Way for Someone Better

"Unless he wins Roland-Garros," Adrian Mannarino will not participate in the Paris Olympic Games. The "Divin Chauve" does not hide the fact that he struggles on clay and wishes to leave his spot to a player more comfortable on this surface:

It would also mean taking the place of someone who potentially has a chance to have a good competition; I don't want to be selfish.

This is highly honorable of the French number 2 since he would automatically qualify based on his world ranking, being among the top 4 French players in the rankings. He is thus willing to forgo the dream of every French athlete, which is to represent their country at the Olympic Games, especially when they are held in France.

Despite this, he does not wish to be at the Games just for the sake of being there:

If I don't have the means to win a medal and if it's just to say 'I participated in the Olympic Games, it doesn't interest me at all.

Adrian Mannarino Leaves the Door Open

When asked if he had informed the FFT (French Tennis Federation) of his decision, he responded with a smile:

I still have a chance to win Roland-Garros; I still potentially have a chance to participate in the Games.

Barring a miracle, we do not expect to see Mannarino wearing the tricolor uniform in Paris at the end of July. As of May 21, 2024, here are the rankings of the French players likely to participate:

No.17 - Ugo Humbert - 2285 points

No.22 - Adrian Mannarino - 1865 points

No. 30 - Arthur Fils - 1375 points

No. 38 - Gael Monfils - 1155 points

No. 73 - Arthur Rinderknech - 739 points

No. 77 - Arthur Cazaux - 725 points

No. 79 - Conrentin Moutet - 720 points

The rankings on June 10, following the conclusion of Roland-Garros, will be considered for qualification. The Olympic tournament will take place from July 27 to August 4, 2024.

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