My name is Clovis.
I'm a web-student in fifth year at HETIC
A week-end in Lille
Lille, France - 23/11/2014
If you are a tennis fan, it was a week-end you cannot miss. The kind of a week-end that happen every decade. For Switzerland, it didn’t happen since 1992, 22 years ago. This 21 November in Lille takes place the Davis Cup Final, in the Pierre Mauroy Stadium, between France and Switzerland. An amazing show, for amazing tennis.
I wanted first to go to the final with my friends. But the billetery was just « hell » himself. 100 000 peoples, trying to get connect together, for only 8 000 availables per days. At 10AM, on friday morning, one month before the event I tried everything i could. I was stuck in front of my computer, shouting, angry against the slowness of the connexion. 2 hours later, « BINGO ». One ticket for each days. My friends didn’t had the same luck as mine. I’ll have to go alone. Disappointment. Train tickets, and hotel reservation were already done. Let’s do this final.
The atmosphere in Lille was amazing. Not cold, and Christmas market in the city, it was really great. The downtown area was always full of people and it was easy to find a Swiss or a french supporter to talk about the cup. On the first day, i went directly to the Stadium to see Stan Wawrinka beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (6/1 - 3/6 - 6/3 - 6/2) for the 1/0 but fortunately for France, Gaël Monfils defeated Roger Federer (6/1 - 6/4 - 6/4) for the tie.
After a nice walk into Lille come the decisive double match between Federer/Wawrinka for Swiss and Gasquet/Benneteau for France. But the Swiss team was simply the best. A victory 6/3 - 7/5 - 6/4 let Swiss take the lead 2/1.
On the Sunday, with an unchained crowd supporting France, the best player of all time, Roger Federer played the last match of this final against Richard Gasquet, who substitute Jo-Wilfried Tsonga injured. Despite the crowd and the hostile atmosphere, Federer played an amazing game, and finally won the only big title he missed in his amazing collection of trophies. In front of the 27 482 people who takes place in the stadium, the world record for a tennis match, he crumbled on the red clay on the match point, and offer to Switzerland the first Davis Cup of his history.
The defeat is hard, but this week-end was amazing. It was my first Davis Cup match ever, and it’s completely different than other tournament like Bercy or French Open. The stadium which is usually a football stadium was also impressive, and the biggest tennis stadium ever. I also enjoy spending time on Lille’s streets, a really beautiful city that I recommend you. It was also great to speak to nice tennis fans, and specially with Swiss people who were speaking french like me ! I hope to live an another one soon. For the 2015 edition, first round takes place on march. France will go to Germany, and Switzerland to Belgium.
A day in Roland Garros qualifications
Paris, France - 27/05/2014
One day in Paris into the qualifications. As i do every time since now since 2008, I went Thursday in Paris, Porte d'Auteuil to see some matches of the qualifications of the French Open. As you may see, i'm a huge tennis fan, and i will not miss that for nothing in the world.
The qualification is such a different event from the main draw. On the Roland Garros stadium, it start the tuesday before the main tournament, for 4 days of competition. The boys and the girls you see on the field are not the stars you use to watch on TV. You can encourage them, and talk with them at the end of a match. The atmosphere in the stadium is so different too. You can move, see the stars practicing in the other court, and you are sure that your neighbor has the same passion as you.
I went to the stadium on Friday, to see a guy i follow since a long time on the tour. Jonathan Eysseric, 22 years old, french player, was on the court 6 on the last round of the qualies against Peter Polansky of Canada. Unfortunately, he gives all but lose in 2 sets (7/6 - 6/1) and fail the access to the main draw.
Hopefully a second french guy, Laurent Lokoli won his match on court 7. All his family was here, and the crowd unchained. Hapiness everywhere, Lokoli, who get an invitation from the french federation (his rank was not high enough to let him participate) will play today his first Grand Slam match in the main draw. A great award for this player, that i'm sure you will see soon on TV.
The last match of my day, was the last on the court 7. The french Eric Prodon, who won 13/11 on the final set the day before was playing his last French Open at 33yo. Too tired and wounded, he lost 6/0 - 6/1 in less than an hour against the Austrian Haider-Maurer. Such a pain for me to see Eric's adventure in Paris finish like this. But sport, and specially tennis is made of it ...
If you like tennis, or if when Roland Garros happen, you cannot do anything than turn on your TV, and watch the game even if you don't understand anything, come to the qualies. You will be sure to have a good time.
Welcome to my new portfolio
Châtillon, France - 05/04/2014
Welcome, and thank you already for your visit on my new portfolio. You can now discover my realisations, the lasts projects I've done, and learn more things about me and my professionnal path.
As part of my course in HETIC, i'm looking for a 3 month internship in web-development, or web-design. You can check my resume here if you need it. Don't hesitate to send me your offers.
I wish you a good visit.
I am a 22 years old man who lives in Paris, France.
I like to make some sounds when i got the time.
You can see them on my soundcloud page.
Sport gives me emotions that I can not find anywhere else.
I'm a huge tennis fan. I never miss a tournament.