The word of Federation President

The Passagespoirs, international tournament reserved for the 11/12 year olds, is about to live its 26 th edition. This longevity attests to the quality of the work done along the years by the volunteers in charge of the organisation. While remaining faithful to the principles leading to the creation of their event they have acquired an expertise henceforth acknowledged.

The success of this competition is in no case due to mere chance. Therefore I address my congratulations of the French Tennis Federation to the volunteers of the AS Passage Tennis, as well as to the director of this event Michel Dutrey, president for several years of the Lot et Garonne Committee.

To conclude, I send all my encouragements to all the hopeful players taking part in this new edition, and particularly to our young contestants.

Jean Gachassin
The French Federation od Tennis President

The word of the National Technical Director

One of the missions of the Federation Française de Tennis is to accom- pany our best players towards the top level.
In that regard, its National Technical Direction has set up « the course of sporting excellence », a training system quite efficient, progressive and qualitative.

But this training must be tested by confrontation through competition. That’s the reason why international tournaments, organized on our land, ain to improve the training course of our young players.

The Passagespoirs, a contest for 11 - 12 year olds, is part of this logic, ran- king high in the international calendar of contests for young players. Therefore I send all my congratulations to the organization team, made of volunteers of the As Passage Tennis, led by Michel Dutrey, tournament director.

Arnaud DI PASQUALE
National Technical Director

The word of the President

26 th Passagespoirs I am obliged to check my documents not to be wrong about the number of PASSAGESPOIRS and I can assert that we are going to live the 26 th edition of this monument of the TEJT under 12 tournaments ! So no need to wonder why my hair is getting whiter and whiter ! I am going to give you the reason : it’s a scoop, so absolute discretion ! Well, if you look around you, you will notice that a lot of philosophers, just like Socrates the greatest, wear white hair.

If you come, what I hope, you will discover a Michel Dutrey totally different from the one you know so far : it’s a true metamorphosis, I am calmer, more thoughtful, kinder more tolerant....In short, I am attentive to people and I am eagerly expecting you all so don’t disappoint me because you would miss a MAJOR tournament !
If many people have well understood and grant me all their trust and help, they are my partners that I will never thank enough, that is : the Federation Française de Tennis, the Ligue de Guyenne, the Passage Town Hall, the Departmental Council of Lot et Garonne, the DDCSPP, the Agen Agglomeration (AA), and all our private partners.
So that the feast can be total, we need, as I hope, that all the French leagues be present like the previous years, with their best players who will be able measure themselves with foreign players. In 2015, we registered 174 inscriptions and the participation, besides the French leagues, of 15 foreign delegations with, for the first time Denmark which « didn’t come for nothing » with the victory without losing any set of its representative : RUNE Holger Vitus Nodskov !! He beat in the final Leo RAQUIN. As for the girls, the Belgian DI GIROLAMI Tilwith won against the Polish Pola WYGONOWSKA.
Perhaps in the future, they will reach the level of their brilliant elders : Andy Murray (GBR), Fernando Verdasco (ESP), David Ferrer (ESP), Marcel Granollers (ESP), Richard Gasquet (FRA), Feliciano Lopez (ESP) et Gianluigi Quinzi (ITA), the girls are not left out with Azarenka Victoria (BLR), Kvitova Petra (RTC), Vaidosova Nicole (CZE), Golovin Tatania (FRA), Lucie Safarova (TCH), Alissa Kleibanova (RUS), Agnès Szavay (Hon), Eugénie Bouchard (Canada) et Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) World junior Champion in 2009.

The last season enabled us to find back a Timea Baczinski totally changed and reaching n°12 in the WTA which is her best season so far. Another satisfaction : Quentin Halys who improved a lot.

As far as organisation is concerned, we will apply the new dispositions imposed by European authorities. For your memory, I remind you that the deadline for inscriptions for the Passagespoirs is April 5 th 2016.
The qualifications will take place from Wednesday 27 th to Friday 29 th of April for the national qualifications and on April 30 th and May 1st for the international TEJT qualifications with a sign in on Friday April 29 th before 6 p.m.
The qualifying draws will not excede 32 players ans the final draw will start on May 2 nd .
This being said we hope to welcome the best national and international under 12 year olds in order to proceed in our quest for excellence !! As far as organization is concerned, NO PROBLEM, if sun shines, everything should unfold as usual. At the levers operates « the duo who has proved itself and we needn’t introduce » Philippe Gros assisted by Jean Michel Panaget : It’s the top of the pyramid but don’t worry, the basis is strong : volunteers who only bear the name of « amateurs » since they are « pros » in their sector !

Therefore don’t forget our annual departmental tennistic rendezvous that you can’t avoid if you want to be the witness of the introduction of a few future stars of world tennis !

President
Michel DUTREY

The word of Tennis Europe President

After a 25 th anniversary of great quality, the Passage d’Agen Tournament, dear to Mi- chel Dutrey, is going to live its 26th edition.

A 26 th edition, which, without any doubt, will provide the contestants and their management, a lot of pleasure, many satisfactions, as a result of an exemplary organisation, and a constant research of improvements and innovation outside the sporting realm.

In the name of Tennis Europe, I would like to thank again the president, Michel Dutrey, all his entire team of volunteers, surrounding him for years. Of course, my thanks will go to the FFT, as well as to all the economical partners, insti- tutional or private, who remain faithful to the event, and ensure its success and its duration.

Therefore, let’s be sure that 2016 will again be a great year for the tournament of The Passage d’Agen, and in the name of Tennis Europe, I wish you the best possible success.

An excellent tennis week to you all !!

Jacques DUPRE
Tennis Europe President

The word of the President of the League of Guyenne

The Passagespoirs will take place for the 26th time on the courts of AS Passage Tennis. The fame of this competition, the quality of the facilities, the enthusiasm and the organization around the voluntary helpers made this event a heat praised by the best international players, boys and girls.
It’s a major rendezvous, expected by everyone.
That’s why I once again thank its President Michel Dutrey and his team for their remarkable investment.
It’s with great pleasure that I bring my support to the leaflet of this tournament.
The club of Le Passage is the very example of the association functioning thanks to the volunteers that I thank through its President.
The Ligue de Guyenne congratulates you for the image you convey in the world of tennis

Martine GERARD
President of the League of Guyenne