In accordance with the regulatory provisions in force, the Ministry of Sports will launch in the next few days, jointly with the French Tennis Federation, a call for applications followed by a process of hearings which will allow the final appointment of a new DTN just after the Roland-Garros tournament.

In the meantime, in agreement with the Minister in charge of Sports, Roxana Maracineanu, and on delegation from the FFT Executive Committee, President Gilles Moretton, in consultation with Arnaud Clément, referent vice-president for the DTN, the high level, the training and competition, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, the new general manager and Luigi Borfiga, former vice-president of elite development at Tennis Canada, took the decision to appoint Nicolas Escudé as interim National Technical Director.

A former leading professional tennis player, Nicolas Escudé, 44, distinguished himself by winning four titles in singles and two in doubles on the main circuit but above all by winning with the French team the Davis Cup in 2001 against Australia, in Melbourne. He obtained the best ranking of his career in 2000 when he reached the 17e world place.

Nicolas Escudé ended his playing career in 2006. In December 2008, he was appointed captain of the French Fed Cup team, a position he will hold until 2012. From 2013, he began a coaching career, working with Thierry Ascione, working with Nicolas Mahut then Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (until 2015). He also coached Jérémy Chardy during the 2017 season. Since 2016, he has been the director of the Brest Tennis Open (Challenger). In addition to these different activities, he has worked as a television consultant since 2004.

« First of all, I would like to salute and thank Pierre Cherret for his investment and the work accomplished with his teams during these three years., indicates Gilles Moretton, president of the FFT. Today, we are very happy that Nicolas Escudé is joining the FFT as Interim National Technical Director. I am convinced that his experience as a leading player, coach but also captain of the Fed Cup, will enable him to succeed in this new chapter in the FFT's sports policy. A big building site awaits him. »

Franck Binisti

Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Club des Pyramides in 2009 in the Paris region. Since padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France going to cover the major events of padel French.