Arrived on the membership in 2019, Thierry Halemai is the coach of Tennis membership Lézignan-Corbières, which he hopes to transfer up to the prenational division as soon as attainable. An goal slowed down by the difficulties attributable to the well being disaster.
For a few years, the capital of Corbières has been used to the Australian accent. But whether it is often heard close to the Moulin stadium, it’s now needed to get used to assembly it on the courts of the Tennis membership Lézignan-Corbières.
Since the 2019-2020 season and the departure of Ghislain Rivel, Thierry Halemai has been managing the sporting a part of the TCL. Born in Australia to a Wallisian father and an Australian mom, this former world tennis hopeful adopted his dad and mom to France on the age of 16. Classified unfavourable, he continues the nice outcomes, and attends the hope pole of Blois earlier than struggling a critical harm which compelled him to cease dreaming of a profession. He then left Paris and joined his dad and mom in Narbonne to grow to be a sports activities coach of their fitness center. But tennis is rarely distant, and as soon as he has recovered from his herniated disc, he decides to take a training diploma to proceed dwelling his ardour. He works frequently along with his sister Mylène Halemai, a gifted participant too, when she isn’t parading for the Miss France contest with the Miss Wallis and Futuna scarf obtained final 12 months.
A workforce aiming for the rise
From toddlers to the pennant workforce, Thierry Halemai trains everybody on the TCL, which has greater than 120 licensees. And for the primary workforce, the target was clear: to go up to the prenational. It is made up of Santiago Alvarez (ranked 0), Thierry Halemai (1/6), Christophe Kozniski (5/6 and Occitanie champion third collection in 2019), Paul Ledogar (15), Julien Bévière (15/1), Simon Pouil (15/2) and Paul Galinier (15/3). “This group has a lot of quality, and without the end of the competitions, I am sure that we would already be in pre-national” assures Thierry Halemai.
But with the situations imposed by the well being disaster, the group of the classes is turning into increasingly sophisticated. “During the week, all evening training had to be canceled to respect the curfew, says the coach. Suddenly, everything is postponed to the weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, I’m on the courts all day, but that’s not always enough. The players try to meet during the week for oppositions between them, but it is not easy “. Unlike virtually all different sports activities, tennis can preserve traditional coaching, just by respecting the well-known barrier gestures. But the competitors has been frozen for a very long time. The rankings have been frozen since March 2020, and since that day, solely three interclub championship matches have been performed in September and October, earlier than a brand new competitors freeze nonetheless in impact. “If all goes well, the recovery is scheduled for March 2021, but we have had no news, no official communication from the federation” regrets Thierry.
Despite this era of doubt, TC Lézignan retains all its motivation, and the rise in prenational stays the primary goal.