No downside discovering Sébastien Jover. It is at all times in a gymnasium or in a selected room for desk tennis. And there, it’s extra exactly in Saint-Denis, in the Parisian suburbs, that the former participant of Élan Nevers rages between 1999 and 2004. A affluent interval, which allowed the membership of the ducal metropolis to entry the most excessive nationwide degree (three French champion titles in 2002, 2003 and 2004) and familiarity with European summits.
After Nevers, he put down his suitcases in Yport, then in Chartres. “I had some good years there too. Especially in 2006, I had my best season with three French championship titles in individual, men’s doubles and mixed doubles”, explains Sébastien Jover.
Player and now coach in Saint-Denis
Following these two intervals, he took the course of Saint-Denis. “I performed for six years from 2010 to 2016 after which I took cost of the group. Today, we’re in Pro A. But this yr, it is a bit extra sophisticated. Our season just isn’t good. We are second to final. We is not going to have to let go and struggle till the finish. Only the final goes down, however hey. »
Had he deliberate that in his profession plan? “Let’s say it’s a logical continuation. The management team trusted me,” he continues. “That leaves loads of freedom. Especially when it comes to recruitment. What you want to know is that we even have our ladies’s group in Pro A, with, specifically, Prithika Pavade, who competed in the Tokyo Olympics final yr, aged 16. »
As a lover of the Bordeaux area, Sébastien Jover tried his hand at promoting wines and that is not all… “I’m additionally a horse lover. I personal some. Having hobbies like that’s good too. »
“Seb”, as his associates name him, can’t think about his life with out a racket and a small white ball. “Table tennis fills my life. Too unhealthy my youngsters do not play it. But I do not blame them. »
It was yesterday
With his acolytes, the Swede Peter Karlsson and the Chinese Lin Zhi Gang, Sébastien Jover gleaned three French champion titles in 2002, 2003 and 2004. The three beneath the nostril and beard of the Levallois membership, taken, specifically to the period, by its stars Jean-Philippe Gatien and Patrick Chila. The membership from the Paris suburbs remained on 13 titles in a row. The Karlsson-Jover-Lin trio even went for their second nationwide crown in 2003 in the Levalloisian corridor. It was this similar yr that Elan Nevers reached the semi-finals of the prestigious Champions League, solely dropping to the Belgian monster, the Charleroi group, which reigned supreme on the European continent. “It did not matter. In the first leg, in Nevers, if Peter beats Samsonov, we win 3-1 and that may change all the things, ”recollects Sébastien Jover. This similar trio was finalist of the Nancy-Evans European Cup in 2000, 2001 and 2002.
Bio-express. 1987 : it was at the age of 12 that the native of L’Haÿ-les-Roses (Val-de-Marne) made his debut in the self-discipline in the membership of Eysines, in the Bordeaux suburbs. Thereafter, he developed in the golf equipment of Cestas and CAM Bordeaux. 1999 : he joined the ranks of Élan Nevers. He stayed there for five years and took half in three French championship titles in 2002, 2003 and 2004. 2006 : auspicious yr for him. He is triple French champion in Dinan, in blended doubles with Carole Grundisch, in males’s doubles with Armand Phung, and received the particular person title towards Michel Martinez.