Through Corentin Cousin
Published on 3 May 21 at 20:27
He is the only one in Charente Maritime. At 22 years, Thomas Lagarde cumulates his ardour fortennis referee excessive degree together with his research in pc science at the college of La Rochelle.
Between the courts of tennis and the classes in school, the younger referee juggles between his research and his sports activities course.
Roland-Garros for the 5e time
Having graduated from the newest nationwide tennis referee degree, Thomas’s purpose is to go the worldwide diploma. However, that doesn’t stop him from occupying the courts throughout Europe.
Sweden, Denmark and France, it covers each nationwide and worldwide competitions. “For the fifth time in a row, I will go to Roland Garros as a line judge ”.
In addition to Roland Garros, I had also been selected for the 2020 edition of Wimbledon, but the tournament was canceled because of the Covid.
Indeed, there are two distinct categories of referees in the tennis world. On one side, the chair umpire and on the other the line judges. The native of La Rochelle works in both areas.
However, before setting foot on the clay at the French Open, as a referee, Thomas was a player. “I started at the Lagord Tennis Club and then went to La Jarrie”.
Son of a tennis teacher, he has been immersed in this world since he was little. In college, he was part of the UNSS team and “you often had to help refereeing on small tournaments. I quickly got a taste for it, and that’s how it came ”.
A tremendous observe document on the French circuit
Master 1000 of Monte-Carlo, Paris-Bercy or the ultimate of the Davis Cup 2018 in opposition to Croatia in Lille, Thomas has an already well-stocked CV. Prestigious competitions by which he participated as a line decide.
“Being a player when you referee, obviously helps for understanding and the notion of the field, but I know some referees who have never been a player,” explains Thomas though he admits that it is very uncommon.
All the present TOP 10 gamers on the ATP Tour, I judged them on one of their matches. But the reminiscence of the central Roland-Garros or the Davis Cup ultimate will stay one of my greatest recollections.
Nadal, Federer, Djokovic and even Tsitsipas amongst others, all have been there. But getting into such competitions is not straightforward. “There are selections, for all tournaments, you have to apply”.
Activity, degree of arbitrage and funding at the native degree, every little thing is scrutinized to give you the option to be chosen.
From the tennis court to the classroom
La Rochelle is additionally pursuing a faculty curriculum. In Master 1 pc science, “the schedules are well loaded”, he smiles.
When touring for a match, Thomas usually leaves for no less than 15 days to 3 weeks relying on the competitions. In reality, he accumulates a delay that he tries to get well throughout his journeys. “I take my computer with me so that I can also work on my lessons.”
But the University is lenient, particularly as regards the rendering of its exams. “Often, I have the right to an extra week, which allows me to concentrate on my tournament without my mind being parasitized by the exams I have to give”.
Moreover, it is below dialogue, however he might undertake his Masters of two years in three years so as to put all the possibilities on his aspect academically, and achieve each fields.
If only a few of them could make a residing from the career of tennis referee, Thomas is aware of that he should carry out as a lot in his research as on the chair of a tennis court to give himself a perspective for the future.
However, the worldwide referee diploma, “which is very selective”, stays an goal in the long run. But for now, he is taking what he is given and Thomas desires to proceed having enjoyable on a tennis court.