While most clubs or associations are closed or have very limited activity this summer, the Blagnac tennis club (BTC) remains very dynamic.
At the end of the tennis school party, more than a hundred adults from all over the region took part in the first Summer Open. On their land, Laetitia Prat reached the women’s final, Sacha Nicolau won the men’s tournament.
Émilie Vanhuysberghe, head of the tennis school and referee, offered about fifteen TMC (Multichance Tournaments) to more than 200 players, from 7 years old to adults, sometimes from afar. It has thus organized more than 300 matches. Eleven other tournaments are scheduled from August 15. The club will also host the regional qualifications for the National Tennis Cup, the largest amateur tennis tournament in the world, at Cap d’Agde on All Saints’ Day. There will be a lot of people on the twelve Ritouret courts and in the renovated clubhouse, with a new internal store…
Every day, 20 to 25 young people, of very different ages and levels, took part in weekly introductory or advanced courses. Some were able to play tennis in the morning and a fun activity in the afternoon. The stages resume in mid-August (1).
In addition, the competition group is running at full speed. Among the girls, Lorena Bonnel, Nehira Sanon, Margo Andrieu and Laetitia Prat have won one or more high-level tournaments, in Blagnac, Haute-Garonne or Occitanie. Same satisfaction among boys for Clément Rago, Valentin Lardy-Gaillot, Sam Huttenberger or Jeremy Laumon. Mathieu Besseyre has become regional beach tennis champion. Mathis Laffont (14-18 years old) and the duo Zian Didout-Valentin Lardy-Gaillot (- 14 years old) won the Padel Masters of Occitanie.
The club hopes to glean other laurels on August 27 and 28: three teams will be in the final of the Caisse d’Epargne regional trophy at the Balma league center. Noa Carrere and Kamyl Chebboub in 13/14 years elite boys; Alexis Arrat, Nicolas Hillhouse and Romain Moncaubeig, in the 1st division 13/14 years old boys; Grace Rajaobelina, Amélia Seebaluck and Lorena Bonnel, in the 2nd division 13/14 girls.
New General Manager
In short, the BTC continues to move forward, even if the sports director, Brice Bernard, a teacher for more than 30 years, has left the club. “Our sports policy remains geared towards a balance between leisure and competition, ladies and gentlemen, beginners and experienced players. The training of young people remains a priority, so that everyone progresses, while maintaining a smile and the pleasure of playing”, indicates the President Christophe Caracatsanis.
Coming from Castanet-Tolosan, Kevin Prestavoine has just been appointed general manager. With Émilie Vanhuysberghe, he is preparing for the start of the school year in September, to welcome the thousand members and the twenty employees. With ambition: “I want to recreate an interesting sporting dynamic, for the BTC to once again become a big training and powerful club while developing the leisure part. It’s a balance to be found between the two”.