"I’m a hands-on, connected president who hasn’t lost touch with the rank and file, the clubs where I can test the water. Inspiration will come from the tennis courts. Our communication will encourage the sharing of experiences. I feel like I’m on the Sea of Galilee every time I scout out the leagues: the fishing is miraculous! Ideas, initiatives and innovation flourish, and the energy of the club managers contrasts with the doom and gloom that has prevailed over the years. You must go to the source! More than ever, I’m available 24/7 for our Federation and our sport."
Assessment of his first year
"From the very first day following my election as head of the Federation, I’ve asserted that the conquest of major titles such as Grand Slam trophies, the Davis Cup, the Fed Cup and the Olympics is an absolute priority. Since the French team’s last Davis Cup victory in 2001, we had failed three times, and each time the opposing team had a player in the top ten. There’s nothing else, or almost nothing else, to say about this incredible 2017 campaign and final during which each participant won a point, up to the decisive point won by our youngest player, Lucas Pouille. Ninety years after the first victory of the Four Musketeers, the trophy is thus back in Paris. From now on, winning the Davis Cup (and the Fed Cup) several times is no longer a dream or even an ambition. It’s our objective and fervent obligation to have people talk positively about French tennis, to encourage everyone to visit our clubs, and to develop and maintain the link that makes this sport, one among many others, so special to us, so central to our lives. We’ve switched to "Act and Win" mode, which comes from the name of the sports programme our general assembly from last February decided to adopt for the latest Olympic Games. We’ve now made this programme our own and must implement it with the Executive Committee and elected league and Departmental Committee authorities in order to achieve the objectives we’ve set."
"We’re going to launch five major projects. The first is to continue the work to modernise Roland Garros Stadium. They’re making great progress and will complete the second phase this year. The new Roland Garros will become a key future Olympic site. The second major project is to simplify the day-to-day administrative affairs of the Federation. We’ll also experience the shock of simplifying, which has already begun with the reduction of the administrative constraints and rules which weigh heavy on clubs. We must reach a new stage in our communities-based approach and the support provided to them. The third major challenge of 2018 deals with communication and the launch at the end of the year of our 100% tennis TV channel, which is intended to transmit and share tennis culture and present the best practices and numerous experiences that go in to enriching our community efforts.
"As I've mentioned previously, this communications challenge will also entail a digital transformation in order to reach all tennis fans and focus their attention on our clubs. The fourth challenge pertains to sports, of course, and revolves around developing our best young talents close to their own homes and gradually getting them accustomed to travelling throughout Europe and the rest of the world, all while cultivating a winning mentality tournament after tournament until we’ve created a generation hungry for victories and trophies. The fifth challenge is to ensure a place for our Federation within the community of nations. My actions within the FFT and as Chairman of the Davis Cup Committee have enabled us to continue taking care of the essentials, but there are many challenges we must face and it’s important that the voice of France continue to be heard."
"Our success is intimately linked to our desire to win trophies and provide everyone with the possibility of playing tennis, whether between friends, as a family or at work, or in relation to wheelchair or adaptive tennis, beach tennis or our most recent addition, which we’re putting a lot of hope into developing: padel. We will also have to innovate in terms of social diversity so that everyone can exercise their right to dream, then innovate even further by developing e-tennis, a natural extension of on-court play, and end by creating an innovative international Francophone network dedicated to the development of clay-court tennis play."