After the victory of Cameron Norrie for Masters 1000 ofIndian Wells, the spotlight was on him, or rather, on the way. An atypical career marked by studies in United States, and a rather late start to his career has questioned many observers. However, he is far from the only player on the circuit to have gone through the phase of American university studies. It is even quite widespread among the French.
Le Mag Tennis Actu with Clément Chidekh last September
Arthur Rinderknech, the guide
This phenomenon has been around for a few years now. In the early 2000s, it was the giant John Isner (8º in 2018) who decided to finish his studies before embarking on his professional career. monkey sock and Steve Johnson also followed this path. It was in the 2010s that this method was developed for European countries. In particular, we were able to follow the beginnings of Alexandre Lacroix in Florida. Today, the head of the gondola of this project for French players is Arthur Rinderknech (58th player in the world), who joined this year’s top 100. Other players follow this course, this is the case for Clemente Chidekh, author of a very good summer at the ITF and Challengers circuits, who said in an interview with Tennis Actu that the success of‘Arthur Rinderknech helped her to believe. Antoine Cornut Chauvinc (finalist in the M15 in Naples, USA), Alexandre Reco (finalist in Plaisir’s M25+), Loris Pourroy (semi-finalist in the M25+ in Ajaccio), Enzo Wallart (U-15 semi-finalist in Santo Domingo), Corentin Venot, Vivien Versier are all players who are currently studying and training at the highest level in the United States.
An exchange of give and take
How to explain this phenomenon? Money and diplomas… Upon leaving, a French player can win a scholarship to finance his studies, where ordinary students pay US$ 10,000 a year. In addition, if the results are convincing, the university increases its financial aid, which can go as far as paying for housing. Good sporting results bring a lot of money to universities, so both sides win. At the end of the day, it’s a diploma and professional sports support that young French people earn by going there.
At the tennis level, too, a game to the United States can be beneficial. For players who are not supported by the French Tennis Federation because they are very young, this could be a way to have some of the best coaches in the world, because some coaches, likeEmmanuel Planque, work almost exclusively with the League. In addition, intercollegiate competitions in the United States allow students, who do not play or play very little on the professional circuit, to face the best players in the United States.
However, for some, the American curriculum may be more suitable. cousin of the french Arthur Rinderknech talked about it into the microphone ofEurosport : “Unless we are very precocious like Carlos Alcaraz, for whom it made no sense to go to university because we knew it would be fast […] I think it’s a good school to go to and follow this course in the United States.” So here’s a new path that appeals to young people and no longer seems incompatible with the possibility of a high-profile career.
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