Val-André International Tennis Tournament: 60 years of history – Pléneuf-Val-André

The international tennis tournament of Val-André celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, with a choice sports field. An event whose reputation goes far beyond the borders of the municipality, but also of the region. “The first tournament, created on the initiative of Mayor Guillaume Guédo, a tennis enthusiast, was an exceptional event whose objective, by bringing together French players, aimed in particular to publicize and highlight the sports facilities created at the “Admiralty”, remembers Claude Deprez, umpire since 1976, with his wife Francine.

In the circuit of major tournaments

The helping years, the tournament takes on a truly national dimension, under the leadership of the president of the Tennis-club Jean-René Cadot. Many big names from the Musketeer and post-Musketeer era travel to the Penthièvre coast to have the pleasure of playing on excellent clay courts. By establishing parity between French and foreign players, Claude Deprez and his wife succeeded, 25 years ago, in registering the Valandrean event in the CNGT calendar (national circuits of major tournaments). “Recognition of the quality of our event by the French Tennis Federation”, welcome Francine and Claude.

Big names on display

The big names in French and international tennis have come to Val-André, thus establishing the reputation of the local tournament through their participation. Among these, named Tarik Benhabilès, classified under 15 to 17 years old; Emilie Loit, member of the France team; Stephanie Foretz; Gustavo Giussani, who won four times on local clay; or even Peter Doohan, who notably beat Boris Becker on the lawn of Wimbledon. Without forgetting of course the Briochin Marc Gicquel, but also Henri Cochet, Pierre Darmon or even Amélie Mauresmo. The list of all these athletes is displayed at the entrance to the clubhouse throughout the tournament, which will end on Monday evening.

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