This weekend, the Jeu de Paume de Bordeaux resonated with the rhythm of the Senior Doubles Championship for over 50s and 60s, turning into a true celebration of the sport. The event gathered a diverse and passionate audience, ranging from loyal club members to first-time spectators discovering the beauty of this sport, as well as players coming to support their peers.
The tournament was marked by significant moments, especially the stunning performance of René-Philippe Duboscq and Arnaud Tribaudeau. By eliminating the number 4 seed in the quarter-finals and then challenging the tournament winners and number 1 seed, this duo offered an exceptional show. Leading 5/3 in the first set, they demonstrated their synergy before bowing out 6/5 6/1, hinting at a promising future for the World Masters in May.
The battle for third place was also a key moment of the tournament, with Charles Blanchot & Alex Boy earning a well-deserved 6/3 6/4 victory against the two "Bordeaux hopefuls". The finals in the +50 and +60 categories were memorable: Michel Brunoro & Tim Batten stood out with a convincing 6/0 6/5 victory over Jeremy Wintersteen & Ivan Semenoff, while Bernadette Bidouze & Jacques Pouyot, after a setback in the pool, brilliantly won the +60 years final 6/4 4/6 6/4 against Henri Blanchot & Rémi Fabre.
The participation of Michel Brunoro, who only plays twice a year, was a highlight, with his technique and natural elegance fascinating the spectators. We hope to see him more often on the court. Bernadette Bidouze, the club's mascot, is discovering a second youth after celebrating her 70th birthday last season. She continues her impressive series of victories, adding this title to her already rich record – French Women's Double Champion, British Handicap Doubles Winner, and now the French Championship +60 years in just a few months!
Congratulations to all! All the results and the updated bracket are available below.
The event was also enhanced by a record attendance, despite the cold of December, a testament to the human warmth and enthusiasm surrounding our club. The dinner organized by Henri Blanchot was a memorable moment of conviviality, strengthening the bonds of our community.
We extend immense thanks to all the participants, volunteers, and supporters for making this weekend so special. Every match, interaction, and smile contributed to the success of this event. We eagerly look forward to experiencing this unique atmosphere at our future sporting events.
See you soon on the court for new adventures!
The Bordeaux Club