After a year without the French Pro A Championship, Covid obliges, the French tennis interclubs had resumed their rights, in recent weeks, and it is the Stade Toulousain, on the men’s side, and the CT Clermontois, on the girls’ side, who have won. the titles, Wednesday, in Créteil.
The women’s final was cut short (4-0, knowing that a meeting is made up of four singles and two doubles), since the international armada of Clermont (Oise), with in particular the Danish Clara Tauson (44th WTA), the Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck (68th) and the American Bernarda Pera (94th), did not lose a single round out of all four singles disputed against Boulogne-Billancourt (despite the presence, among others of Tamara Zidansek, half- finalist of the last Roland-Garros, Chloé Paquet and Diane Parry).
On the other hand, the men’s final, it carried its share of suspense. Led by the French n ° 5 and 6, Benjamin Bonzi (64th ATP) and Hugo Gaston (67th), Stade Toulousain ended up winning the first title in its history (4-2), at the end of the very hooked super tie-break of the last double, won by the excellent pair Doumbia-Reboul (5 titles in Challengers this season), against the duo Pouille-Hoang (3-6, 6-3, 11-9).
Lucas Pouille with his childhood club
Lucas Pouille, very active during the campaign (including a victory over Benoît Paire) and very happy to defend the colors of his childhood club at the highest level, failed twice in the super tie-break on Wednesday. In doubles, therefore, and shortly before in single against Bonzi (6-4, 4-6, 10-4).
Hugo Gaston, himself, returned to his club as soon as he was released from the French Davis Cup team in Innsbruck, won all his matches with Stade Toulousain, including his single, Tuesday (6-1, 7 -5), against the Dutchman Botic Van Den Zandschulp, 57th in the world. It’s time to party, then to vacation, but brief.