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Trégorrois Noé Keraudren will take part in his third Roland-Garros as top boy – Lannion

Trégorrois Noé Keraudren will take part in his third Roland-Garros as top boy – Lannion



Having already been a top boy during the 2020 and 2021 editions, Noé Keraudren, based in Coatréven and licensed at the Tréguier tennis club, has just been re-selected to take part in the Roland-Garros tournament, which will be played in Paris from May. 16 to 5 June. Prior to that, Noé will also be part of the ball collecting team, during the 10th edition of the Verandas Trophy of Trégor in Lannion, this week.

A difficult selection

“The main role of the collectors is to speed up the game by making sure that players can restart the game as soon as possible after the end of the point,” explains Noé. To become a top boy in Roland-Garros, you must be of French nationality, from the age of 12 to 16 and have a license from the French Tennis Federation. The collectors are the last volunteers of the Internationaux de France. We do not receive money, but equipment worth 1000 €.

Around 4,000 young people take part each year in selection days that take place across France. They are evaluated based on the criteria of ability, physical condition and knowledge of the game, but also behavior and motivation. At the end of the selection days, 450 young people are selected for the selection courses; after which, only 220 will receive the balls in the Open French tennis tournament.

A Nadal-Djokovic semifinal

“My best memory is that I was selected for a semifinal, which opposed Nadal with Djokovic, as well as for the handball final. “At the beginning we are a little stressed, but as soon as the match has started we are focused on what we have to do and the stress goes away.”

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