Tennis (BNP Paribas Primrose) | Elliot Benchetrit: “Thank you to the Primrose club and I hope we win the French championship” – ARL

May 13, 2022

The BNP Paribas Primrose tournament, Morocco, Villa Primrose, the evolution of tennis … Elliot Benchetrit, a resident of Villa Primrose, talks about all the topics for ARL.

Nice 23 year old player, Elliot Benchetrit The 457th in the world has played today BNP Paribas Primrose Challenger at home at his club. Despite losing to Jaume Munar in the round of 16the Franco-Moroccan made two good matches: “I was a bit successful during the second round of the standings, one player declined the game, you have to take advantage of it when there are weeks like this where it goes well. […] JI faced Maxime Janvier in my first, a rival where I have already lost four times, I had never won. I saved two seven points in the first set, it was very mental and focused, I am very happy with this match. Then I faced Pierre-Hugues Herbert, a rival who plays very well on that surface […] For me it is a very good result, I do not want to stop, I am very positive and I want to continue to implement what allowed me to reach this level of competition“.

: Elliot Benchetrit (457th in the world, licensed to Villa Primrose)

Benchetrit playing at home

Licensed since 2018, Elliot Benchetrit he knows the memory courses, even if he doesn’t live in the wine capital: “The kids are stopping me, thank you very much. There are a lot of people who know me here, we won the French team championship in 2019, we experienced great emotions, the fans were there. In my games there were a lot of people from the club who came to cheer me on, it’s super dynamic. I really like the conditions, the atmosphere and the city, it contributes to a good atmosphere. There are connoisseurs and it is nice to have people who know how to appreciate the possible blows“.

: Elliot Benchetrit (457th in the world, licensed to Villa Primrose)

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Elliot Benchetrit, 457th in the world © photo ARL – Loic Cousin

Benchetrit wears the colors of Morocco

The 457th in the world, decided in December 2020 to defend the colors of the Morocco en Davis Cup, also during Olimpic games from whom Paris 2024, a personal goal. Whoever is used to North Africa, but also to the Côte d’Azur, is proud to wear the colors of his father’s country of birth: “I usually train Sophia Antipolis. I really like Bordeaux, I like this city. That’s why I signed here […] it was a difficult choice, we had just left COVID, I didn’t know where to go, I had prospects with my father who is Moroccan. I was always Moroccan, but no one knew. I’ve always had Moroccan nationality, now I play sports in Morocco, that doesn’t stop me from enjoying playing in France and having a slightly different support and often being in my home country, a country where my grandfather lived all his life , is a place where I like to recharge my batteries and take time for myself. It’s not easy in France where we’re always in the juice. It’s a good balance I’ve found in my life that can allow me to reach a better ranking“.

: Elliot Benchetrit (457th in the world, licensed to Villa Primrose)

Morocco, the number 2 country in Africa

Egypt is the number 1 country in African tennis, for Elliot Benchetrit, Morocco can be named first: “there were three big stars in morocco that could have broken, we know very well that the conditions in morocco for playing tennis are worse than in europe. Parents also have to choose, as Morocco is in Africa and many parents want their children to work in the United States, Canada or Europe. The choice of studies and perhaps more logical. However there are three very good young people who will arrive, they are in the FAC in the United States they are already very good for me, they are already in the 400 or 500 best ATP in the world, I think they have made the choice to go to America for have a diploma and be able to concentrate fully on tennis […]

: Elliot Benchetrit (457th in the world, licensed to Villa Primrose)

Elliot Benchetrit : “Egypt is ahead because it has a player, it is in the top 200. They have been more consistent. In Morocco, the last three very big players of the 2000s, we are talking about players who made 1/2 of the Grand Slam. I think we have to keep developing this, there are really a lot of young talents in Morocco, a lot of people underestimate the country and I hope to bring that flame to young people and children.“.

: Elliot Benchetrit (457th in the world, licensed to Villa Primrose)

Benchetrit a powerful player

Villa Primrose’s licensee is a powerful player, but he won’t attack any ball all the time; “I’m a player who likes to build, who likes to have delicate contact. In Morocco I am compared to Younès El Aynaoui, he is a good example, he has very good service, with a huge right. I remember playing very well in Bordeaux“.

: Elliot Benchetrit (457th in the world, licensed to Villa Primrose)

Primrose and Roland-Garros quite similar

Several players have claimed that the tournament BNP Paribas Primrose it was a tournament to prepare well Roland Garros. Clay tracks, the same ball and atmosphere. Elliot Benchetrit tell us about this comparison:we are two hours by train from Paris, the conditions are quite similar even if it is a little colder than in the capital. The throws are similar, the balls are the same. The conditions are pretty much tied between the fields and the balls and having the same thing changes everything. Unfortunately I won’t be playing Roland-Garros because I’ve lost a lot of points after my injury, but all the players who come here come to prepare for Roland-Garros and win games. Plus, there’s 125 points to win, it’s a lot of points even for players who are 50th, 60th in the world and when you look at the very tough table, Primrose is evolving. Compared to the ATP 150 Challenger in Marrakech at the start of the season, the last player to enter the table in Bordeaux is the 150th and in Marrakech is the 140th and we are talking about a test that gives more points, it is necessary. when they even realize the picture is up“.

: Elliot Benchetrit (457th in the world, licensed to Villa Primrose)

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Elliot Benchetrit, dismissed from Villa Primrose © photo ARL – Loic Cousin

One page turns to French tennis

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon they announced the end of their career. Richard Gasquet it will soon take the same path. Players who made the generation ofElliot BenchetritThey did great things in the Davis Cup, people are a little tough on them, they were still in a generation where for the last fifteen years only seven players have won the Grand Slam tournament. (Wimbledon, Australian Open, Roland Garros and US Open Ed) and they were 1/4 and 1/2 regular enough to talk about Richard (Gasquet), by Joe (Wilfried Tsonga), even of Lucas (Apulia) and Gaël (Monfils), we are tough when we ask ourselves – why didn’t the French win the Grand Slams – I thanked him for everything we brought, I was able to talk to them, they gave me a lot of advice, Richard is a player who thank you very much, he supported me a lot. I think when they leave, we will realize that it was difficult to realize their actions

: Elliot Benchetrit (457th in the world, licensed to Villa Primrose)

Tennis: A Critical Sport?

Tennis players are widely criticized by the French public for their results in the competition Grand Slams, but obtained satisfactory results. Per Benchetrit criticism is easy “I’m in favor of talking about the results, but compared to the effort of the players, I don’t know anything about football, I’m more of a basketball player, but when you see a Neymar how much he compares and how much he scored the price of the goal, it’s worth having Neymar. A Gilles Simon who fights for 5 hours and loses and then we hit him because – no Frenchman will make a quarter, a semi or a final this year – it’s a little easy for me. Tennis is an amazing sport, you have to work hard and do very difficult things just to wait until you reach the quarterfinals of the Grand Slam and they really have several. I take my hat off to them and I hope to have a player for a quarter of their record. They will miss French tennis“.

: Elliot Benchetrit (457th in the world, licensed to Villa Primrose)

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Elliot Benchetrit Moroccan player © photo ARL – Loic Cousin

Primrose a club that gives luck

Licensed since 2019, Elliot Benchetrit is happy to be at Villa Primrose Club. “I’m very happy to see the people of the club, the children … For two years we didn’t see any spectators, we played tournaments and there was no noise, it was very bad for tennis, it was dramatic. . Today we see kids taking selfies and autographs, we can’t say no, for two years there was no one we weren’t going to discuss for 10 minutes. Giving pleasure to these children may inspire them. I had the opportunity to see the Monte Carlo, the Nice Open when I was younger and to play there at 16 and see that all its players were very nice to me and that was what made me “give the flame to continue”.“.

: Elliot Benchetrit (457th in the world, licensed to Villa Primrose)

[Par Dorian Malvesin, © photo ARL – Loic Cousin]

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