Tennis de table : avec les absences à venir des frères Lebrun, Nîmes-Montpellier va vivre une année de transition

Due to the Olympic year, the Nîmes-Montpellier Alliance will aim to stay in Pro A this season before hoping for better next year, as their season begins on Tuesday against Hennebont, the reigning French champion.

C’est ce qu’on appelle la rançon de la gloire. Avoir dans son effectif deux des meilleurs joueurs du monde et plus gros espoirs français du tennis de table depuis l’Alésien Jean-Philippe Gatien, a son prix.

Ranked 15th and 17th globally, Félix and Alexis Lebrun have now entered a separate realm, with the former becoming the European champion and the latter winning a bronze medal in June.

Il y a environ deux ou trois ans, on ne croyait même pas que cela pouvait être réalisable.

« They have once again excelled this season, which demonstrates their ability to achieve great things, » described their coach at Alliance Nîmes-Montpellier, Vincent Avril. « We’re talking about an Olympic medal here. Two or three years ago, we didn’t even think it was possible. This is not just a small chance, but a real opportunity. »

Acteurs majeurs de la montée en Pro A après avoir été sacrés champions de France de Pro B avec l’ANMTT, les deux frères seront donc évidemment tournés vers la plus grande échéance de leur jeune carrière, les Jeux Olympiques de Paris en 2024.

« I cannot reword »

Le maintien en 2024, le titre en 2025

Under these circumstances, Nîmes-Montpellier is aiming to stay in the league this year due to the upcoming absence of the Lebrun brothers, who are currently participating in the European Team Championships in Sweden where they won the bronze medal. Meanwhile, the team will be visiting the reigning French champion, Hennebont, on Tuesday.

« We will have to go and earn points in every match. Take as many as possible when they are not there and achieve a perfect score when they are with us, » Avril continues. « Both of them are fully committed to staying with us this year. All of this is to become champions of France next year in the club of the city where they were born. »

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