Because it’s high level
Because it’s the little Roland Garros
Because it’s totally free
Of the approximately 270 players involved in the international tournament of Val-André since July 31, around fifteen are part of the French top 100. Some are the great hopes of French tennis. Seven other countries are represented, including Argentina, Spain, Germany and the United States. Renowned for its history, the tournament, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary, also attracts the attention of connoisseurs for the quality of its clay courts and the level of the athletes. At 2:30 p.m. this Sunday, on the center court located just outside the clubhouse, the women’s final will begin. That of the men will succeed him, probably around 4 p.m. The men’s semi-finals will take place in the morning at 10 a.m.
A haven of greenery located 100m from the main beach, the Admiralty site appeals to players and observers alike. After two years tarnished by the health crisis, this 2022 edition is that of renewal. With the mild weather, the central stand should welcome a thousand spectators this Monday afternoon. Among his acquaintances with the Roland-Garros tournament: the presence of Patrice Beust, sponsor of the event, former coach of Yannick Noah, was semi-finalist of Roland-Garros in doubles in 1974; and that of Thierry Éon, originally from Merdrignac, official speaker for many years of the Porte d’Auteuil tournament.
Access to the Admiralty site is free. It is recommended that spectators come early enough to find a seat in the stands at their convenience. At the end of the finals in two winning rounds, an official prize-giving ceremony, in the presence of elected officials and partners, will take place on site. The afternoon is likely to be charged with emotion since it will be the last participation of Claude Déprez, referee at Val-André since 1976. A key figure in the tournament, he and his wife Francine have reached 25 years old, to include the event in the CNGT calendar (national circuits of major tournaments).
Monday August 8, Val-André international tennis tournament, Admiralty Park. Men’s semi-finals at 10 a.m. Finals: women, at 2:30 p.m.; men, around 4 p.m. Free. Fast food and snack bar on site.