Criticized for years, Enzo Couacaud has an appointment with the biggest match of his career this Thursday, January 19 at the Road Laver Arena for the second round of the Australian Open. Facing him, a monster, Novak Djokovic. Easy in the first round, the Serb is aiming for a new Grand Slam title and the place of world number 1, but his route will pass through the Frenchman.
191 in the world in the ATP rankings, this is the first time in his career that he will face a top 10 player, his biggest success in terms of ranking dates back to October 2014 at the Rennes Challenger where he beat Robin Haase, then 73rd at ATP, in the quarter-finals.
Who is Enzo Couacaud?
Born in 1995 near Curepipe in Mauritius, Enzo Couacaud has been a professional tennis player since 2013. Promising among young people, 17th in the world among juniors in 2013, the Frenchman has had to deal with numerous injuries, particularly to the elbow with two operations in 2017 and 2018. For The Team in 2022, the Frenchman confided in this difficulty and the prejudices he had to suffer on a daily basis about his origins. “When you’re injured for so long, whether you like it or not, you take a hell of a slap. Without tennis, what am I? Who am I? What do I love? What do I do? What am I worth? What do I have? like values? At first, I didn’t have the answers. It was very, very hard.”
“While I was out, I heard all the time, ‘The guy won’t come back, he’s dead.’ Coaches said to me, ‘You’re a Futures player, stay there. where you are.” It never put me in the bucket, on the contrary I always fed on it. I was also told: ”You’re a guy from the islands, you get up late and you drink rum”, while I’m always the first in the room at the CNE and the last to leave.”