Thierry Tulasne’s memories, from TC Tours to the world’s top

Thierry Tulasne’s memories, from TC Tours to the world’s top
Thierry Tulasne’s memories, from TC Tours to the world’s top

This weekend, TC Tours hosted a reunion of former glories of the Tours club. Among them, one name particularly resonated: that of Thierry Tulasne (60 years old). Arriving early on the professional circuit due to his precocious talent (junior world champion in 1980), Thierry Tulasne gradually established himself as a reference in French tennis, until becoming world number 10 in 1986, in particular. Very relaxed, he recalled his memories as a player and coach.

Thierry, how does it feel to come back here, to see these old players again?

“I grew up here from the age of eleven until now, since my mother still lives in Tours and my father was a teacher at the club. When I was little, the TC Tours players were my idols, whom I admired, and whom I enjoy seeing again because these are the people who made me want to become a champion. I was very inspired by them. Even if they were not professionals, for me it was already a very high level. I joined their team for a few years, then I was very precocious so I went onto the professional circuit quite quickly. It’s great to see them back in shape. What also makes me very happy is to see this club again which is magnificent and which continues to live in a beautiful way.”

What is the best memory of your playing career?

“I would say my Davis Cup matches (finalist in 1982)especially those played in France, and then my final in Barcelona, ​​when I beat Mats Wilander in five sets in 1985. I remember a lot of the matches I played on the Philippe Chatrier at Roland-Garros. I faced great players on this court, I remember all those matches, it really is a legendary court.

You then coached several French players. Which one impressed you the most?

“There have been many. The one I spent the most time with was probably Gilles Simon, we spent seven years together. I loved coaching Sébastien Grosjean, who rose to fourth in the world, Paul-Henri Mathieu too, and more recently Harold Mayot, who I’m still with.”

What do you think of the current circuit compared to your time?

“Everything has accelerated. The equipment has something to do with it. The rackets allow you to give more speed to the ball. They have a large head, whereas when I started, we had wooden rackets with a small head. Then, the training methods, the optimization of technique are very important today.”

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