“There is a difference that exists, we will let justice decide, but at the same time, a lot of things have been said… I am here to recall truths”. Traveling to the Moselle Open in Metz, this Wednesday, the President of the French Tennis Federation Gilles Moretton cut up from a spotlight.
While authorized proceedings are underway following the takeover of the Moselle Open by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Thierry Ascione (through the All In group), the French tennis boss needs to provide his model. Indeed, minority shareholders wish to assert their proper of first refusal on this ATP 250 event, explaining that they concern the transfer from the Moselle Open. They concern a departure from the event in Lyon, which is disputed by the new patrons, who’re dedicated to Moselle till 2029.
The place of the ATP, which guidelines world tennis
As introduced by France Bleu this Sunday, Gilles Moretton confirms: “The ATP has never validated the transfer of the tournament to so-and-so. Nor has the ATP ever threatened so-and-so that it will not have an approval if it is retained as the new owner”. This approval given by the ATP is important, because it defines the significance of the event, and subsequently the degree of the sports activities platform. The group that manages world tennis has subsequently chosen to depend on the court docket determination anticipated on October 18.
The Paris-Bercy Master is not going to go to Lyon
“People have allowed themselves to speak on behalf of the Federation, and to talk about the Rollex Paris Master (Paris-Bercy tournament, a master 1000 Editor’s note), property of the Federation, which would be transferred to Lyon, which would mean that there would be no desire to go to Lyon (for the new owners of the Moselle Open, editor’s note). It is not so, it is important to say it”, provides Gilles Moretton.
The French Tennis Federation helps the Moselle Open
Gilles Moretton provides that he absolutely helps the Moselle Open, whose success he salutes: “I think it was important for us to say that whatever happens, the Federation is there to support the Moselle Open, a real popular success, but also in terms of partner companies and support from the department”.
The president of the French Tennis Federation hopes above all to rapidly flip the web page, and discover a extra serene environment on the courts: “With what can happen, which very sincerely pained us a little, I hope that there will be a position taken very quickly by justice. We will follow it and we reserve ourselves, depending on the decision, the possibility to take positions” concluded Gilles Moretton.