Gilles Moretton, game, set and match

PORTRAIT – At 63, the Lyonnais became the president of the powerful French Tennis Federation on Saturday.

Gilles Moretton asserts it: he never dreamed of one day becoming president of the French Tennis Federation (FFT) by shaving his thin gray beard in the morning. As a child, he saw himself as a doctor. Dream aborted. It must be said that before doing his military service, he had missed his bac D (scientific) in sports studies in Nice. “Failed brilliantly “, he laughs. Today at the bedside of the federation, he assures the Figaro: “I don’t need money or notoriety. I don’t come to use tennis but to serve tennis. Nothing was programmed. I never saw myself as president of the FFT. ”

At the dawn of his sixties, he had closed a chapter. That of business leader in the field of sports marketing for thirty years. He had sold everything. The desire to “Completely cut off from the business world, to afford a decompression airlock”. Passionate about fly fishing and motorbikes, also in love with the high mountains, he went on a trek on Annapurna in 2017.

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