To explain the choice of Amélie Mauresmo, the president of the Federation Gilles Moretton registered in “a trajectory of progress, a new look, a reinforced requirement”for “do more and better”. He wanted to rethink the management of Roland-Garros, and the discussions with Guy Forget “did not succeed” and he “took note of it”. “Amélie is a great champion, she has an international reputation, she is a woman of character who likes the challenge and to be challenged, he pointed out. She embodies renewal. »
“Amélie has an identity, she has the charisma to lead the project
Without specifying the precise terms of the contract, Moretton prefers to speak of a ” assignment “ in which Mauresmo will be supported by a “copil” (for co-piloting). Not hesitating to talk about “the marketing aspect” embodied by Mauresmo, as if to explain what is also an image choice. “Amélie has an identity, she has the charisma to lead the project”he added.
Regarding the spicy outing of Yannick Noah, who had sided with Guy Forget (“my buddy just got kicked out of the tennis family”), Moretton tried to maintain a certain union. “I have no complaints about Guy, I had higher and different expectations, on a different mission. As for Yannick, I don’t believe for a second that it’s going to hurt our relationship. He’s a very long-time friend. But I am president, I have to take decisions with the necessary discretion. I have spoken to him since and I will explain to him in person afterwards. »
The vital forces of tennis invited to “do more and do better”
The president of the federation took advantage of this press conference to widen the debate to the captains of the Davis Cup (Sébastien Grosjean) and Fed Cup (Julien Benneteau), whose contracts have been extended until 2024 and the Paris Olympics.
Without saying more about the new terms of the contracts (downward), Moretton defined what he meant by “doing more and doing better at a time when the crisis in French tennis requires the presence of its vital forces. “I am a manager and it has not escaped anyone that the FFT has experienced a deficit for the first time in a long time. We intend to be careful and pay the right price. Regarding our captains, we need them, I want to involve them in federal politics, and I want them to be involved in all of our French tennis.”explaining that they would be called upon to intervene in broader missions with, in particular, interventions in clubs or in training.
“Things are moving internationally and we have our role to play
Gilles Moretton finally wanted to show that he wants to involve the FFT more internationally, in relation to the ATP or in the format of the Davis Cup, in particular. “Things are moving internationally and we have our role to play. We need to have a stronger stance. »