SECRETS FROM THE PAST – MILITARY FORT TURNED TENNIS CLUB

SECRETS FROM THE PAST – MILITARY FORT TURNED TENNIS CLUB


It feels nice to get a drink because Philippe made me run a lot I am thrilled to be at the Chavril today it’s very rare to see clubs with such soul it’s almost a museum Yeah it’s a family story since 1926 My grand father had this crazy idea To buy an old military fort This original idea is quite incredible Yes, he bought this fort and on the other side of the street he bought a forest of accacias and he uprooted each tree himslef at that time everyone said he was crazy but he managed to build 13 clay courts during our glory days we had 22 courts today we still have 11 courts At the begining there were other sports there was also a roller blading track and also badminton courts you could play 3 different sports but then tennis become so popular and took over the rest Look at that tennis balls cemetery See, usually arrow slits are made to attack from the inside but now the tennis balls get in through those arrow slits During World War 2 Karine’s grand father hid jewish children inside the fort He was trying to save them and it worked It was a defensive fort and it was also used to defend children And today we try to make them smile with tennis balls speaking of them, some are waiting for you Gather around I want to introduce you someone Nice to meet you Which one of you is the champion? Is that you ? You’re the champion? Come on guys show me some energy It was great to play with you The winner of the best jumped forehand congratulations you are a tiebreaker I’ve seen some great jumped backhand you guys are exequo During training you showed less energy but then you got into the game My name is Yohann and I’m a tiebreaker Forehand and backhand you know why? Because at the begining you were there and then you reached the top That’s what matters in the end My name is Aurélien and I’m a tiebreaker

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