Nicolas Mahut : The emotion thoroughly with his son, Natanel, as told by his companion

In June 2018, Nicolas Mahut left Roland-Garros by the big door double winner, with Pierre-Hugues Herbert, but by a little simple, eliminated in the first round by Juan Martin Del Potro. Has the favor of a wild card (invitation) given by the organizers, the tennis French is, against all odds, to return to the table of the male edition 2019. A second chance to succeed in its stand, under the eyes of his son, Natanel, has become a veritable mascot over the victories of his dad, that they have often celebrated together on the court.

In its edition of may 31, 2019, for a few hours of the meeting of the third round between Nicolas Mahut, 252nd player in the world, and Leonardo Mayer, another Argentine), 68th, the daily Le Parisien gave precisely the word to his companion, Virginia Ermel, to tell the open relationship he has with his 7-year old boy. “I am moved, affected by these scenes. This is so beautiful. I think it’s great that our son can live it with him. It is big enough to understand a lot of things. He will have memories“, says she remembers some of those moments, like during the Davis Cup or his triumph in the double in 2018. And memories all the more strong that the little guy lives all the scenarios at the bottom : “During the matches, Natanel does not know not hold back his emotions : joy, but also anger and grief, recounts the story of Virginia. It is a pressure for Nicolas. In Monaco, in a match, it is returned on the court, he saw his son crying and angry at him. He turned around and said to him: ‘Nat’, stop crying please, you don’t give me aids.” When he is there and he lives the game, he must not lose. He makes him the head. I put at least half an hour to calm him down, tell him : “Dad did his best, do you think that makes it fun to lose ?” He talks about each point, he redid the match, he’s crying.

It is very selfish, but it is emotions that I do not live for ever

To know how to lose, Natanel will learn, now that he, too, begins to play a game of tennis. But for now, it attaches primarily to “debrief” the matches that the player Nicolas Mahut comes to play and the coach explaining to him “how to play” for the next. And it makes the list short of legendary Roland-Garros, which he has had the privilege to penetrate, at the risk of a claim fines to his father : “He is happy, he makes his list. I’ve done the Central, the Suzanne-Lenglen court, Simonne Mathieu. As if he had played“laughs his mom.

After his victory in the second round against Philip Kohlschreiber, celebrated invariably with a big hug moved to Natanel, Nicolas Mahut was entrusted without hesitation at the microphone of France Televisions : “It is very selfish to do so come on the ground, but it is emotions that I do not live for ever. I try to enjoy it and I hope that he will keep it in mind for a very long time.” Natanel had also been interrogated, and had desired his father to go “at the end” and “never give up“. “Then, as I do not loose anything, it is safe, go to the end, I think not, “had replied his father, laughing. “But you’re going to get against Nadal at a time if u go at a very high level, but he is going to the beat“, had added its first fan.

It only remains to hope that by the end of the adventure of Nicolas Mahut at Porte d’auteuil, the smiles outweigh the tears.