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Louis Borfiga leaves workplace | “He modified the face of Canadian tennis”


Louis Borfiga will retire as Vice President of Elite Development at Tennis Canada this fall

February 15, 2021 at 1:55 pm

Updated at 7:49 PM

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Louis Borphii remembers his 15 years with Tennis Canada. At the top of the win for Bianca Andres at the 2019 US Open.

Canada won the most doubles. Eugene Bouchard reached the final at Wimbledon in 2014. Milos Raunik, 2016. And the Canadian juniors had great success.

“It showed that the training approach was good,” argued Borfiga.

Andreas’ headline made it all possible.

“I think this is a great moment in Canadian tennis. He said it was a dream come true. Now we’re looking forward to the boy’s Grand Slam win. ”

Borfi, one of the country’s greatest high-development architects, met with the media on Monday afternoon via video conference to discuss his departure, which had been announced in a statement a few hours earlier.

Internally everyone knew their intentions for a while. However, the trigger for his discovery of retirement was an article in a French newspaper last weekend. Team. Gilles Moretton, the newly elected president of the French Tennis Federation, said he had asked a man named “Luigi” to work as an “advisor”.

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Gilles Moretton, President of the French Tennis Federation

In this direction, nothing has been confirmed, said the client concerned. However, we suspect it is a formality. He and Moretton have known each other “for a long time”. Borfi insisted it would be a part-time assignment.

In any case, this news may have pleased some connoisseurs abroad.

“He has trained champions for France in the past. This continues in Canada. Bianca is a perfect example of this. I think it is imperative to return home with the skills, ”we read. Dictionary of Tennis Lovers Published last fall by Laurent Binet and Antoine Bennett. In a way, they are answered.

This possible work in France does not prevent him from remaining an advisor and honorary advisor to a team assigned to the upper class of tennis Canada. To ensure a smooth transition with his successor. Most of all, he doesn’t like being intruded. In particular, he answers the phone for an indefinite period of time for advice and advice.

“If I always have my shadow over the person in my place, his work will not be that easy. I’m too involved, that’s a very big mistake, he judges. It negotiates from a distance. ”

In all directions.

The pandemic game has changed

Joe-Wilfried Tsonga, Gal Monfils, Gilles Simon, Nicolas Mahut and Julian Bennettu, Borfiga from Morocco, joined Tennis Canada in 2006. The following year he was in Montreal, where the National Tennis Center (CNT) developed the country’s elite.

“I believe very much in bringing the best together with great coaches. This is really the cornerstone of the program, ”he told CNT last Tuesday.

He led the cast for Milos Rounik, Eugene Bouchard and Rebecca Marino, then Felix Agar-Aliassim and Bianca Andres.

I am very proud of the current position of Canadian tennis internationally. It is one of the countries mentioned in the reference. I also think current players Denise, Felix, Bianca and Lela are very young, have strong foundations and have a bright future.

As Louis Borfi

During his reign, 40 players graduated from the center.

At 66, he thought for a while about crossing the flames. “You need to know how to get out of your seat. To give another speech would be positive, ”said the man who received his Canadian citizenship earlier this year.

Finally, the epidemic is speeding up the process. For almost a year without seeing his son and parents, the “very difficult” distance is even greater.

In a few months he and his wife will come to them.

Quiet leader

Eugene Lapierre has worked with Louis Borfiga for 15 years and has dominated the Montreal National Bank Open Tournament for twenty years.

As already mentioned, his departure will not surprise his colleagues. “If I were his age I would be gone! , Lapierre joked, will be 65 next month.

Photo by Andre Pichet, archived from the press

Eugene Lapierre

When asked about Borfi’s contribution to the company, he replied: “Do we have too much time? ”

“He was a quiet man, but louder than anyone. Nice to see he never raises his voice, but the message is so much more. It represents the general evolution of the athlete’s environment from the beginning. The strength of the message to everyone. ”

Lapierre Tennis attributed many cultural changes in Canada to him. Apparently not everything is teamwork, both emphasize. But he was very supportive.

“As soon as he got there, the results fell apart. And we thought we could win. It’s a way of seeing things, to see if it’s possible. And with Lewis it is possible. His performance really changed the face of tennis in Canada. ”

The team is well equipped to realize Borfiga’s loss. Skill is omnipresent, the next generation is ready, they promise. Still.

“If you give me a choice when Louis is gone or when he’s still 20, I want him to be,” Lapierre said.

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