Through Quentin Lemoine
Published on 20 Jan 22 at 6:37
This Sunday, January 23, 2022 (9 a.m. at the Lafond stadium), theUSO Mondeville (Calvados) will vibrate for its males's staff of tennis +35 years outdated. Erwan Lagadec and his teammates, Alban Villette and Baptiste Lefrançois, will certainly face the Paris Country Club for a spot in the quarter-finals of the French Championships.
News: Erwan, you'll play, this Sunday, the spherical of 16 of the French Championships. What is the path that has allowed your staff to rise to this stage?
Erwan Lagadec: We beat TC Douai in the first spherical. In the spherical of 16, we then dominated TC Dreux [4-1, ndlr]. We have been already forward after the singles. The double, which brings two factors to its winner, was subsequently decisive. With our households, our pals and our college students in the stands, we performed in a singular environment as a result of it's the first time that the club has reached such a stage!
How did the USO Mondeville qualify for these French Championships?
Each league determines its personal qualification path. Here, we have been transferred to a gaggle of six groups and, from the first day, we have been eager to be critical so as to arrive, in optimum circumstances, in entrance of TC Mont-Saint Aignan. Our pet peeve, a really stable staff towards which we misplaced regardless of the excellent efficiency of Alban [Villette, ndlr] in singles. A irritating ending. We had labored onerous bodily and mentally, however simply earlier than the finish of the yr holidays, we discovered that we had lastly been drafted. This re-motivated us as a result of we have been impatiently awaiting this qualification.
What have you learnt of the Paris Country Club, your future adversary?
EL: We inquire and, as a result of of our background, we occur to know sure opposing gamers. On paper, the Paris Country Club appears stronger than us. He has, as primary, Gaël Monfils who's at the moment taking part in the Australian Open however we're removed from dropping. I've been licensed at USO Mondeville for seventeen years now. I solely certified as soon as for the French Championships and, earlier than my arrival, the club had solely taken half as soon as. He had by no means skipped a trick. We wished to know different faces. It was vital to us to style this stage and to have the proper to precise ourselves there. Every encounter is a bonus!
“We do not play for ourselves but for our team”
Besides the expertise of its gamers, what do you suppose is the important energy of your staff?
EL: Our victory towards TC Douai was a click on. The double has reworked us. We have been solely all three, removed from our lands and we weren't used to taking part in on the floor on which we performed. We are three fully completely different gamers. Three reverse however complementary characters. What constitutes our energy. Each contributes to the different. Alban [Villette, ndlr], it's quiet energy. Our chief as a consequence of its wonderful begin to the season. Baptist [Lefrançois, ndlr] labored onerous to climb the rankings. Two years in the past, we weren't even drafted. It is because of him that we certified for these French Championships.
Tennis is above all a person sport. Do these staff competitions offer you further soul?
EL: You do not play for your self however in your staff and these are values that we attempt to instil in all our gamers. From the youngest to the Seniors. The USO Mondeville has, at this time, its place amongst the finest golf equipment in the nation. If it makes folks speak about the construction, the division and the area, this course promotes all our licensees and all our volunteers. The presence of the public, final Sunday, in the stands of our corridor, illustrates this. Frederic [Chazal, le président, ndlr], Sebastian [Torrent, l'entraîneur, ndlr] and our former teammates encourage us. It's the reward for our funding and our stability since the three of us have been taking part in collectively for a number of years now. We ship one another messages, images. We know methods to inspire ourselves!
And the ultimate isn't thus far now…
EL: Given the dimension of the metropolis, the infrastructure it has, the USO Mondeville is the little Thumb of the competitors. After the quarter-finals, a ultimate section will likely be held in Rouen. On the double, with Alban [Villette, ndlr], we're assured. Baptist [Lefrançois, ndlr] is rarely far-off to support us. We should do the whole lot to win in singles and reach our ways. In case of victory, the quarter-finals will happen at residence. There is not any purpose to not imagine it.
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