Coach specifically of Yannick Noah, whom he delivered to victory at Roland Garros in 1983, and of the French Davis Cup crew (victory in 1991), former nationwide technical director, Patrice Hagelauer held all the vital positions French tennis. In the shut crew throughout the marketing campaign of Gilles Moretton, new president of the Federation, he didn’t want “For the moment to have any mission whatsoever” with the intention to “Take a step back”. At the begin of the season on clay, we requested him his opinion on the scenario of French tennis.
The Monte-Carlo match opens the season on clay. Why are the French not good on this floor?
Patrice Hagelauer With lower than 15% of clay courts, France is one among the nations which has the fewest pitches of this floor whereas, paradoxically, we have now Roland-Garros. All our tennis faculties play exhausting from October to May, besides on the shores of the Mediterranean, the place we play outdoor on clay. For a really very long time in the France and Upside Poles, the leagues, the departmental committees, there have been only a few lined clay courts. It’s a disgrace, as a result of studying on land permits you to develop an entire tennis with all the aspects of the sport. It must be a precedence and I hope that Gilles Moretton, the new president, will take issues in hand to develop this floor in every single place. .
What do you consider the present degree of French tennis?
Patrice Hagelauer For forty years we have now had gamers in the prime 10 in the world, typically 3 in the prime 10, with the generations of Yannick Noah, Cédric Pioline, Sébastien Grosjean, Richard Gasquet… We have slowed down a bit, the present era is a bit ageing. With Benoît Paire, I had excessive hopes nevertheless it exploded in flight. Pierre-Hugues Herbert may be very fascinating, he has numerous amenities, he is ready to assault, to defend, he has an excellent volley, however does he imagine in him sufficient to beat the greatest? There are additionally promising younger gamers like Hugo Gaston and Ugo Humbert however they’re very removed from having developed their full potential.
French tennis is dropping licensees, what to do?
Patrice Hagelauer If there may be one criticism to be made towards the Federation over the previous fifteen or twenty years, it’s that precedence has been given to Roland-Garros, which has develop into a unprecedented occasion with an impressive new stadium, however we didn’t take sufficient care of the golf equipment. We should assist the golf equipment to put money into new amenities, many have ageing infrastructures, courts in poor situation, previous locker rooms … In phrases of training, academics should have the ability to have persevering with training, that we presents them adjustments of their work, new educating strategies, that our tennis faculties be extra enticing …
The new nationwide technical director, Nicolas Escudé, needs to recreate “French tennis” able to bringing younger individuals to the highest degree from a broad base of practitioners. What do you suppose ?
Patrice Hagelauer The training course arrange by the Federation (training facilities in departmental committees, leagues, hope facilities and France), which was an actual spider’s net, has been completely wiped off the map by the former crew in energy, considering that it was higher to select very early from the age of 7-8 years on some components that we thought have been promising with particular person training, nevertheless it’s a lottery! From CM1 and CM2, they needed to examine by correspondence to have extra time to play tennis and the departmental facilities have been typically closed, it is a catastrophe. I feel Nicolas Escudé needs to get all of it again on monitor. We should resume individualized training inside a small collective and that is how we are going to practice good gamers. This every day confrontation with the group is crucial with the intention to surpass oneself.