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Tennis (BNP Paribas Primrose) | Elliot Benchetrit: “I thank the Primrose club and I hope we will succeed in winning the French championship” – ARL




May 13, 2022

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

Young 23-year-old player from Nice, Elliot Benchetrit 457th in the world today played the BNP Paribas Primrose Challenger at home in his club. Despite losing to Jaume Munar in the round of 16the Franco-Moroccan had two good matches: “I had a bit of success during the second round of qualifying, a player declined the match, you have to take advantage of it when there are weeks like this where it’s going well […] JI faced Maxime Janvier in my first, an opponent where I have already lost four times, I had never beaten him. I saved two set points in the first set, it was a lot of mental and concentration, I’m very happy with this match. Then I faced Pierre-Hugues Herbert, an opponent who plays very well on this surface […] For me it’s a very good result, I don’t want to stop, I’m very positive and I want to continue to put in place what allowed me to reach this level of the competition“.

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

Benchetrit playing at home

Licensed since 2018, Elliot Benchetrit knows the courses by heart, even if he does not live in the wine capital: “I get stopped by the children, I really appreciate it. There are a lot of people who know me here, we won the French team championship in 2019, we experienced great emotions, the supporters were there. In my matches, there were a lot of people from the club who came to come and encourage me, it’s a super dynamic. I really like the conditions, the atmosphere and the city, it contributes to a good atmosphere. There are connoisseurs and it’s nice to have people who know how to appreciate the possible blows“.

: Elliot Benchetrit (457th in the world, licensed at 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 in Davis Cup, also during Olympic Games whose Paris 2024, a personal goal. He who 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 generally train in Sophia Antipolis. I really like Bordeaux, I like this city. That’s why I signed here […] it was a difficult choice, we had just come out of COVID, I didn’t really know where to go, I had prospects with my father who is Moroccan. I was always Moroccan, but nobody knew it. I have always had Moroccan nationality, now I play for Morocco sportingly, that does not prevent me from enjoying playing in France and having slightly different support and often being in my country of origin, a country where my grand -father lived all his life, it’s a place where I like to recharge my batteries and take time for myself. It’s not easy in France where we are always in the juice. It’s a good balance that I found in my life and it can allow me to arrive in a better ranking“.

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

Morocco number 2 country in Africa

Egypt is the number 1 country in African tennis, for Elliot Benchetrit, Morocco can titillate the first place: “there were three big stars in Morocco who could have broken through, we know very well that the conditions in Morocco for playing tennis are worse than in Europe. Parents also have to make a choice since 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 at the FAC in the United States they are already very good for me, they are already either in the 400 or 500 best world ATP, I think they have done the choice to go to America to have a diploma and to be able to fully concentrate on tennis […]

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

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

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

Benchetrit a powerful player

The Villa Primrose licensee is a powerful player, but he’s not going to attack just any ball all the time; “I am a player who likes to build, who likes to be delicate in touch. In Morocco I am compared to Younès El Aynaoui, he is a good example, he has a very good serve, with a huge forehand. I remember that he played very well in Bordeaux“.

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

Primrose and Roland-Garros quite similar

Several players have stated that the tournament BNP Paribas Primrose was a tournament to prepare well Roland Garros. Clay courts, the same ball and atmosphere. Elliot Benchetrit tells 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 pitches are similar, the balls are the same. The conditions are quite linked between the pitches and the balls and just having the same thing changes everything. Unfortunately I won’t play Roland-Garros because I lost a lot of points after my injury, but all the players who come here come to prepare for Roland-Garros and win matches. In addition there are 125 points to win, it’s a lot of points even for players who are 50th, 60th in the world and when you see the very tough table, Primrose is evolving. In comparison with the ATP 150 Challenger in Marrakech which is at the start of the season, the last player to enter the table in Bordeaux is 150th and in Marrakech he is 140th and we are talking about an event which gives more points, it is necessary when even realize that the painting is raised“.

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

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

A page turns in French tennis

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon announced the end of their careers. Richard Gasquet will take the same path soon. Players who made the generation ofElliot BenchetritThey did great things in the Davis Cup, people are a bit harsh on them, they were still in a generation where over the last fifteen years, there are only seven players who have won the Grand Slam tournament (Wimbledon, Australian Open, Roland-Garros and the US Open Ed) and they made fairly regular 1/4 and 1/2 to talk about Richard (Gasquet), by Joe (Wilfried Tsonga), even from Lucas (Puglia) and Gaël (Monfils), we are hard when we ask ourselves – why the French did not win the Grand Slams – I thanked him for everything that we brought, I was able to discuss with them, they given a lot of advice, Richard is a player that I appreciate a lot, he supported me a lot. I think when they are gone, we will realize that it was hard to realize their performances

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

Tennis: a sport that is criticized?

Tennis players are highly criticized by the French public in relation to their results in the Grand Slams, yet they made satisfactory results. For Benchetrit criticism is easy”I’m in favor of talking about the results, but compared to the efforts that the players put in, I don’t know anything at all about football, I’m more basketball, but when you see a Neymar how much he takes compared and how much he put goal, if it is counted in millions the price of the goal, is it worth having Neymar. A Gilles Simon who fights for 5 hours and who loses and then we hit him because – no Frenchman will make a quarter, a semi or a final this year – for me it’s a bit easy. Tennis is an incredible sport, you have to put in the effort and really hard things just to hope to make a Grand Slam quarter-final and they actually have several. I take my hat off to them and I hope to have a player a quarter of their record. They will be missed in French tennis“.

: Elliot Benchetrit (457th in the world, licensed at 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 the Villa Primrose club,”I’m so happy to see the people from the club, the children… For two years we didn’t see a spectator, we played in tournaments and there was no noise, it was really bad for the tennis, it was dramatic. Today we see kids to take selfies and autographs, we can’t say no, for two years there was nobody we’re not going to quibble for 10 minutes. Giving pleasure to these kids will perhaps inspire them. I had the chance to see Monte-Carlo, the Nice Open when I was younger and to play there at 16 and to see all its players being super nice to me and that’s what made me ‘gave the flame to continue“.

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

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

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