By Writing La Presse de la Manche
Published on 20 Feb 22 at 12:17
The president of the French Tennis Federation Gilles Moretton visited the Cherbourg Challenger (Handle), gained on February 13 by Benjamin Bonzi.
News: Why did you come to go to the Challenger de Cherbourg?
Gilles Moretton: For me, it is one thing pure to go and see all varieties of tournaments, whether or not main tournaments or youth tournaments. This is the place we discover the large household of tennis. Coming to the tournaments is a means of paying tribute to the organizers, volunteers, companions, communities who assist the match and who must preserve such an occasion on their territory.
Did you realize about this match?
GM: Unfortunately, I couldn’t play this match, as a result of I ended in 1984 (Editor’s notice: he was sixty fifth on the planet in 1981). But I’ve heard a lot about it. We know that its high quality is acknowledged. The echo of the gamers which goes up is sweet, they are delighted to come back right here. The welcome is sweet, the taking part in situations ultimate. If it has been happening for 29 years, it is no coincidence. And if the volunteers come again yearly, it is as a result of Anthony and Alain Thiébot are doing a good job.
In 29 editions of the Challenger de Cherbourg, that is the primary that the organizers acquired in Chantereyne the president of the FFT
“The Cherbourg Challenger helps tennis”
How vital is a match just like the one in Cherbourg to you?
GM: A Challenger is a combination of younger individuals who are launching their careers and extra skilled gamers who’ve fallen within the standings. This 12 months, in Cherbourg, it is outstanding to have so many gamers who’ve been on the planet Top 10 (Editor’s notice: Simon, Pouille, Gulbis). And even when some have aged or been injured, it is fascinating to see the standard of the sport supplied. There, watching the matches in Cherbourg, I actually loved myself. In Challenger, the rating doesn’t essentially imply a lot. The stage of the gamers could be very excessive.
How can the federation assist the Challenger to final, and even develop within the years to come back?
GM: Already, it’s the Challenger that helps tennis. I’ll be sure that we proceed to financially assist tournaments like that of Cherbourg, however not solely. We can all the time enhance the “prize-money”, however, for me, the stability of the Cherbourg match is ideal. What we are able to do collectively is create occasions on the sidelines of the match that may assist promote tennis, whether or not for younger individuals, girls’s tennis, wheelchair tennis, but in addition by means of numerous rising practices reminiscent of padel. My vocation is to advertise all of those practices. We must have enjoyable and have enjoyable. This is already the case right here with the mini-tennis match which is a great initiative.
A phrase on Alain Thiébot, who led the match for 27 years?
GM: Alain was in a position to construct a magnificent challenge, whereas maintaining an id particular to the match. And he was in a position to transmit his ardour to his son Anthony. Tournament director, it isn’t straightforward. It is time, vitality. Sometimes there are glitches like a final minute withdrawal from a headliner. But they proceed to battle as a result of they are pushed by the eagerness for tennis.
Interview by Baptiste HUE.
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