Three Yvelinois featured in the international wheelchair tennis tournament in Feucherolles

The French n°1 Pauline Déroulède, Olivier Langlois and Anthony Boclé, all three trained in the committee and licensed at the Tennis club Voisins-le-Bretonneux, play at home. (©JPP/78actu)

The Yvelines tennis committee is organizing, from November 24 to 27, 2022, in Feucherolles its first international wheelchair tennis tournament, integrated into the calendar of the International Federation.

The tournament of tennis chair organized by the Yvelines committee will bring together for four days 16 players and 8 players from the world elite of the discipline.

The French number one Pauline Déroulède and Olivier Langlois and Anthony Boclé, all three trained in the committee and licensed at the Tennis club Voisins-le-Bretonneux, play at home.

Among the other participants, the creators Guilhem Laget, reigning French champion, Geoffrey Jaziak, French n°3, and representatives from India, Nigeria, the United States and Sweden.

A necessary competition on the Ile-de-France territory

“It was important to be able to organize such a tournament in Ile-de-France. A date became available in the international calendar and we did not hesitate to apply for the organization. This tournament will allow French players to compete with the best. The preparation for the 2024 Olympics continues at the Yvelines committee by placing Pauline, Olivier and Anthony in the best conditions to be able to participate. »

Francis Eveillard, president of the Yvelines tennis committee

Pauline Déroulède, seeded n°1

“It’s a good opportunity for Pauline, says Aurélie Somarriba”, responsible for tennis in the chair of the committee and Pauline’s coach.

“It’s good for her to be here as a ‘boss’ in the tournament. This is a particularly interesting level for Olivier and Anthony who need to participate in tournaments of this level. They need points. »

“It’s home to me here. I want to do well, and also to end the season well in this last tournament. I’m going to do the double with the American Shelby Baron who is making the trip. I have already played it in singles in the World Cup. I would be happy to be able to play her again, when she beat me on injury. As part of the preparation for the Paris 2024 Olympics, my objective for next season is to enter the Top 10 from 2023. “

Pauline Déroulède, currently 17th in the world, will be seeded No. 1.

Since her participation in the US Open last September, Pauline has been working with a mental trainer.

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Wheelchair tennis at the Paralympic Games

Created in the 80s, and integrated into the Barcelona Paralympic Games in 1992, wheelchair tennis is now a discipline present at the 4 Grand Slam tournaments, including Roland Garros.
It strictly uses the same rules as traditional tennis, with only one particularity related to the use of the chair: the athletes can let the ball bounce twice before hitting it.
You can play wheelchair tennis in singles and doubles. The tricolor pair composed of Stéphane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer won the gold medal at the Tokyo Games five years after their coronation in Rio.
The ITF Wheelchair circuit now has more than 150 tournaments in 40 different countries, including 9 in France. Tournaments taking place in France are organized by the French Tennis Federation, under the aegis of the ITF. They award points for the ITF Wheelchair International Ranking.

“I realized that I was not prepared to play a Grand Slam so soon and it made me realize that mental preparation was just as important as physical preparation. These events are rehearsals of what we are preparing to experience during Paris 2024 and you have to prepare for them mentally. It is mandatory ! »

“This structure has no equivalent in France”

On the gentlemen’s side, Olivier Langlois is currently 102nd in the world and hopes to move closer to 80th if he succeeds in his last two tournaments.

He talks about his great complicity with Anthony Boclé, another player trained on the committee with whom he plays doubles.

“I owe my presence at this level to the committee’s training structure, but also a lot to Anthony who paved the way for me. I recently beat the 45th in the world and the former Top 20, I’m progressing this year thanks to my coach, Fabienne Desplanques, and my physical trainer, Julien Legal, with whom we have done a lot of work that is bearing fruit. »

“I am working to get as close as possible to the Top 50 in the first half of 2023 and therefore to qualifying places for Paris 2024.”


Olivier wants to ask the committee and the club of Voisins-le-Bretonneux: “There is nowhere else in France such a structure with three top athletes in this discipline. There are a lot of skills here with Aurélie Somarriba, and Julien Legal who has a lot of experience in wheelchair tennis. There is no equivalent in France. »

Jehan Jacques Peyre

Practical: Yvelines Tennis Committee, chemin du Parc-des-Sports in Feucherolles. FREE ENTRANCE.

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