“Magical Barry!“.”Here’s Barry!During the first week of Roland-Garros, journalists and pun-lovers were able to make a field day. 19-year-old Diane Barry and head of the youth team talent squad was – not to mention Elsa Jacquimot, who also shone by opening her meter in the circuit Main – She was one of the prettiest blue spots. As one of five colours, both men and women, present in Round Three, she made it to this stage of competition for the first time in a Grand Slam. By presenting her victory over herself 1/6 6/2 6/3 when she entered the fight against Barbora Krezhikova, the world number two and defending champion. Admittedly, the Czechs hadn’t played for three months, but the Nice native knew how to manage the pressure superbly on the court, but also outside.
Calm, calm, the 2019 World Junior Champion hasn’t been caught up in the whirlwind of the media. “I was very happy to see how well you deal with pressure, English and the mediaNote Bertrand Sizo, Director of Communications at BNP Paribas. Because she followed the entire program of the BNP Paribas Young Talents team.In addition to the financial support given to those aspirants whose families cannot fully bear the financial requirements of the youth circles, and then join the higher level, the project allows training in additional sports activities. Thanks to language, marketing, tennis history, social media and media training modules. “The program helps us in all areas materially and mentally and brings a lot of good. Astrid Liu Yan Vaughn, 16, told us. These encounters with great players, it’s unbelievable. We are really very lucky“
Success beyond limits. If, in addition to the French, two teams are already in the United States and Italy, then two new ones have appeared: in Belgium and Poland. “It is difficult for some parents, so it is very helpful to be able to support a high-level project in BelgiumJustine Henin explained, including 40 young men from her academy located near Brussels who are now supported by the Young Talent Program. It is also a sign of strong confidence, to say to young people: “We are here, we support you.” And it’s not just financial. What unites us (the Academy and Young Talent Program) is a love of tennis. This is what we want to share with young people who have the same love. The goal is to work on the values that seem important to us, to bring back more simplicity despite the increasingly professional world.. “
“What we don’t want to see are kids who have a lot of talent and end up being stressed out” – John McEnroe
“Polish tennis at its best right now, with Hubert Hurkacz and Iga Šwietik, announced Marius Fürstenberg – the godfather of Poland and captain of his country’s team in the Davis Cup – during the press conference organized in a hall overlooking Philippe Chatrier Stadium, while World No. 1 was training there at the time under amazement. The look of his young countrymen. I think it’s only a matter of time before a new wave hits the professional circuit (in the wake of Świątek and Hurkacz). This program (young talents) is very important, in addition to finances, for travel, coaches, physiotherapists, as well as being able to discover the big pitches (like Roland-Garros that day) and meet great champions like Jo, Justine, John … all This is very important, it allows us to go in the right direction.“
A charismatic mentor to the BNP Paribas Mac 1 team, made up of 12 young men at his New York Academy, John McEnroe focused his knowledge transfer on the mental aspect. “When I first came to Europe I was 18 years oldHe said. I arrived without a trainer, physical therapist, or physical or mental trainer for seven weeks. I was fired saying “come on, good luck”, and that was it. Now you understand why I was a bit crazy. This type of support (Young Talent Program) is essential in the increasingly specialized world of tennis. My role is to give these guys the desire to be on the field, to enjoy and enjoy what they are doing, to give 100%. We obviously teach them to play, but we also have to see if they have the heart, and the inner fire.“
“If they don’t have it, they won’t stand a chance“Big Mac,” he added. What we don’t want to see are kids who have a lot of talent but end up being stressed out. We’ve seen it with Osaka or Simone Biles, mental health is important. Simona Halep had a panic attack (against Zheng Qinweng in the second round of Roland-Garros) after being in the ring for twelve years. The godfather of Team Blue, launched in 2018, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has become a big brother. “Now that I’ve finished my playing career, I’ll be able to be more present for the guys, cheers up. Yes, of course, they can interrogate me individually, my door is open. But that rarely happens (smile).“
“My Door Is Open” – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
“Yeah, like I said, they don’t always darehe added. And I understand, because I put their place. When I was their age, I thought to myself, “Am I really going to call Pianic Noah or Cedric Paulin or someone else, so they can help me when I don’t know them?” There is a lot of humility, and that’s normal. And on my part, the same, there is humility, for fear of making them uncomfortable by calling them on my own when they ask nothing of me. Language can be a little deaf, as in a couple (smile). That is why the program is interesting, it allows you to connect with such young people.An impression confirmed by Astrid Lu Yan Von:At first I really struggled, I was so scared to see him in front of me. “
“But the cool thing is that it makes us very comfortablecontinued. Even if we stay a little shy. I had the opportunity to write with him on Central, and he also came to the Quimper Open where we were able to chat with him. Even if that’s true, we don’t really dare. We can get a little closer to him.On the other hand, on the ground, no problem with shyness. In November, Astrid, wearing her nerves, retreated to the champ. “It’s different on the fieldShe laughed, a few hours before entering the Roland Junior Championships, as seven other young French talents: Sarah Ellieve, Mathilde Njejol-Carrie, Ofili Boulay, Jenny Lim, Luanne Lister, Arthur Gia and Gabriel Debrow, one of the candidates among the boys. Guilhem Laget, a big hope in wheelchair tennis, entered the main drag for the first time in his career.
They all, along with 23 other members of the team, decided to play for the others as well. On their own, according to the #FAAPointsForChange project model with Félix Auger-Aliassime, they had the idea of contributing one euro to the Apprentis d’Auteuil Foundation for every match point won. Arthur Cazaux, 19 and 344 in the world commented, “It’s great, and it also allows us to take on a little more responsibility. When we’re on the field, it will also give us an extra desire to do well. We’re not only going to play for ourselves anymore, but also Thinking of these underprivileged children.” What does he want, during complicated situations in court, to deliver from himself in order to give back to the opponents. And to set aside some for good. No pun intended, of course.