When the general public invites themselves around the central court of the Brest Tennis Open, which takes place until Sunday at the Arena, another world is stirring behind the scenes. Drivers, ball collectors, goalkeepers, waiters … With the traditional sweater with stripes on the shoulder, dozens of volunteers have been mobilized in the shadows to run the store. Meet in the backstage of the tour with the “little hands”, essential to Open’s good health.
Bar, restaurant, business… and big screen tennis. Every evening, the VIP Arena area welcomes dozens of visitors with privileged access. Jacqueline, Elouan, William, Nathan and Amélie, in particular, have fun in the lounges or on the furnished terrace. (Telegrams / Rémy Quéméner)
Hand scans, Jérôme, Armelle and Jérôme welcome visitors armed with good humor. During the week, the three volunteers take turns checking tickets, monitoring the main court gates and also working in the VIP lounge. (Telegrams / Rémy Quéméner)
Jean-Baptiste, Bernard and François are part of a team of about twenty volunteer drivers dedicated to transporting players. The spins take place from 7am until the end of the matches, between the hotels, the training center at Legion Saint-Pierre and the train station and airport. (Telegrams / Rémy Quéméner)
From qualifying to the final, Mathieu De Francesco and Xavier Brémard are committed to inserting wires into the athletes ’rackets in the Arena hall. As a general rule, on a tour like the one in Brest, the two men place between 230 and 250 rockets a week. (Telegrams / Rémy Quéméner)
At the heart of the machine, the communication team has no time to get bored between managing social media, photos, videos, player relationships, press relations, and official communication. A stone’s throw from the press room, are a dozen people mobilized full time. (Telegrams / Rémy Quéméner)
In the Arena guts, players involved in tournaments have various spaces reserved. Lounge, rooms for physical sessions, as well as a physical preparation room where some come to prepare, before entering the court. (Photo Brest Open)