Vincent, what prompted you to develop into president of Grenoble Tennis?
“It’s been two or three years that Christian Gaudin was searching for somebody to take over, with the need for a brand new dynamic and in addition in relation to his state of well being. He gave me kicks, however I did not have time as a result of of my skilled actions. Managing a membership like the GT is half time; in the spirit, you must be there each day. In September, I needed to go away my put up of director of Nordic France (a construction that brings collectively the Nordic areas of France). Christian relaunched me at the starting of the summer season and it was accomplished throughout the steering committee on July 2. “
In what state of mind did this handover take place?
“I think there was a need for a change, someone with a different vision of sport, not just tennis. The WG has a great network of volunteers, we will continue to rely on them, but there are many retirees, we also need assets. To bring an active perspective to what interests them. We must give a new dynamic, around conviviality. These are the two ends of our action: to compete and at the same time to ensure for those who want to play tennis for leisure. It’s the club spirit, it’s my conception. I will be in the natural continuity of Christian, with whom I was in phase on all subjects. “
“To have collective strength”
In 2020, tennis golf equipment have usually been pressured to shutdown, on account of lockdowns. What have you ever been in a position to put in place since taking on the presidency?
“We have already tried to arrange a brand new governance, with a number of vice-presidents, a number of folks current each day to have collective energy. We considered thematic commissions; they’re chaired by Pierre Billaud (43 years previous, communication, partnership, occasions), Joseph Garofalo (sport, well being and social actions), Julien Heitzmann (41 years previous, planning, works, logistics), Olivier Mamy (49 years previous, treasury) and Delphine Simon (43), who will exchange René Mazard-Marcier in 2021. It is a re-organization and a rejuvenation. “
What are your plans for the GT?
“We have already taken over the management of our bar-restaurant, following a call for tenders from the City of Grenoble, which will offer simple and traditional cuisine, based on local products. We will re-open it as soon as possible. It will be a way to find conviviality, after nine difficult months. The other project is to build two padel courts, outdoors but covered, in a central, green area in the middle of our outdoor complex. The idea is to diversify the practices for our members, while creating a new clientele. We hope to play on it in early 2022. “
“We created a working group on girls’s tennis as a result of our statement is the similar as in every single place in France: we’ve fewer gamers than earlier than. It is led by Delphine Simon, with two gamers Elsa Pellegrinelli and Stéphanie Rizzi. We wish to give ourselves two or three months, to see what is obstructing after which attempt to convey in gamers of all ranges. We have additionally launched actions, equivalent to Phy’Tennis: it’s bodily preparation tailored to tennis, with out impairments. It responds to a request from our members. We have good suggestions and we wish to develop it much more. “
“We want to maintain our ITF tournament in 2021”
And at the sporting stage, will there be any adjustments?
“Antoine Berger (22 years previous, -4/6, ex-Annemasse) joined us this 12 months, he joined our High Level Training Center (CEHN) directed by Guillaume De Choudens, to go play on the ITF circuit and proceed to progress. He will be part of our workforce 1 in Interclubs, which will be primarily based on our coaching heart, with the Debru brothers (Gabriel and Mathis) and Florent Casays. We wish to convey the workforce again (in National 3), from this 12 months in N2 and N1 inside three or 4 years. We don’t chorus from recruiting a numbered participant, if obligatory. For the girls, it is extra sophisticated, we’ve an enormous hole. The workforce will be constructed round Elsa Pellegrinelli, however will not be in a position to intention for the climb. “
What about your ITF tournament?
“It will take place from February 8 to 14. Others (French cities) have decided not to do it in 2021, but we have the will to keep it in Grenoble, even behind closed doors. We will make the decision, to welcome a little public or not, by the end of the year. We have the support of the FFT, for the prize money, and of all our partners. On the other hand, we canceled the Open Head (FFT tournament, for all licensees), which was to start at the beginning of the year (no lifting of confinement before January 20). “