Table tennis still clings to the skin of Sébastien Jover who for five years wore the colors of Elan Nevers

No problem finding Sébastien Jover. It is always in a gym or in a specific room for table tennis. And there, more precisely, is in Saint-Denis, in the Paris suburbs, where the former player of Élan Nevers is angry between 1999 and 2004. A prosperous period, which allowed the club of the ducal city to reach the highest national level (three French champion titles in 2002, 2003 and 2004) and familiarity with European summits.

After Nevers, he left his bags in Yport, then in Chartres. “I also had a good year there. Especially in 2006 I had my best season with three French championship titles in singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles,” said Sébastien Jover.

Player and now coach at Saint-Denis

After these two periods, he took the direction of Saint-Denis. “I played for six years from 2010 to 2016 and then I took over the team. Today we’re at Pro A. But this year, it’s a little trickier. Our season is not good. We are penultimate. We will not have to give up and fight to the end. Only the last low, but go. »

Had he planned it in his career plan? “It simply came to our notice then. The management team trusted me, “he said.” That leaves a lot to be desired. Especially when it comes to hiring. What we need to know is that we also have our women’s team in Pro A, with, in particular, Prithika Pavade, who played at the Tokyo Olympics last year at the age of 16. »

As a lover of the Bordeaux region, Sébastien Jover tried selling wines and that’s not all … “I’m also a horse enthusiast. I have some. Having hobbies like this is also good. »

“Seb,” as his friends call him, can’t imagine his life without a racket and a small white ball. “Table tennis fills my life. Too bad my kids don’t play. But I don’t blame them. »

It was yesterday

With his acolytes, the Swedish Peter Karlsson and the Chinese Lin Zhi Gang, Sébastien Jover won three French titles in 2002, 2003 and 2004. All three under the nose and beard of the Levallois club, brought, above all, to at the time, by its stars Jean-Philippe Gatien and Patrick Chila. The Paris Suburbs Club held on for thirteen straight titles. The Karlsson-Jover-Lin trio even won their second national crown in 2003 at the Levalloisian Hall. It was in the same year that Elan Nevers reached the semifinals of the prestigious Champions League, losing only to the Belgian monster, the Charleroi team, which reigned supreme on the European continent. “It didn’t matter. In the first leg, in Nevers, if Peter wins Samsonov, we win 3-1 and that can change everything,” said Sébastien Jover. years 2000, 2001 and 2002.

Bio-express. 1987 : it was at the age of 12 that the native of L’Haÿ-les-Roses (Val-de-Marne) made his debut in the discipline at the club Eysines, in the district of Bordeaux. Later, it evolved to the clubs of Baskets and CAM Bordeaux. 1999 : joined the ranks of Élan Nevers. He was there for five years and took part in three French championship titles in 2002, 2003 and 2004. 2006 : auspicious year for him. He is a three-time French champion at Dinan, in mixed doubles with Carole Grundisch, in men’s doubles with Armand Phung, and won the individual title against Michel Martinez.

Pierre Brerard

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