The world of Franche-Comté tennis is in mourning. Alain André died on Tuesday, May 31 on the finish of the afternoon, on the age of 63 after lengthy months of preventing towards sickness.
Ranked 0 at his finest stage, he appreciated to recall with a sure mischievousness that he was then “the biggest 0 in France”. Which was not made to displease him when it was a query, in a match, of gaining his weight in wine or in… oysters!
Listed among the many finest Franche-Comté gamers within the late Seventies and early Eighties, member of the French college staff, Alain André had performed for Racing Club Franc-Comtois, Besançon RC, Champagnole, TG Besançon, Fontain and was just lately fired at TC Roulans Pouligney-Lusans.
With Roulans, he appeared once more throughout the staff championships throughout the month of May. Irrefutable proof of his love of the sport and his unfailing ardour for tennis born throughout his earliest childhood, when his father, goalkeeper of the RCFC, was particularly accountable for the upkeep of the clay courts of the membership of rue de Trépillot. .
A tennis trainer, he had just lately labored in Foncine-le-Haut, Roulans, Grandfontaine, Baume-les-Dames, Clairvaux-les-Lacs. But he had additionally taken different paths all through his skilled profession. Qualified by some as a “man of a thousand trades”, Alain André had held a industrial place at Lacoste, industrial director at Tretorn or promotion director at Penn, manufacturers associated to the little yellow ball. And if he had typically left the tennis world professionally, his ardour had by no means waned…
To Francine, his spouse, to Alice, his daughter, and to his family members, the sports activities editorial employees sends its honest condolences.