As expected, Gilles Moretton, former professional player, succeeds Bernard Giudicelli at the head of the French Tennis Federation. He takes the head of a body with the pharaonic budget but in a difficult context linked to the coronavirus epidemic.
The former professional tennis player Gilles Moretton, 63, was elected this Saturday as the new president of the French Tennis Federation at the end of the general assembly of the body. Moretton, chosen by the electorate, succeeds Bernard Giudicelli who will have only served one term of four years at the head of the FFT.
A tense campaign against Giudicelli
This change comes at the end of a tense campaign, in which Giudicelli and Moretton were the only two protagonists. It is also intervening in the midst of a health crisis linked to the coronavirus which makes the accounting situation difficult for all the federations. In 2019, the FFT relied on a budget of 325 million euros, which made it by far the richest French federation. Of this total, 255.4 million euros come from Roland-Garros. However, in 2020, with the Covid-19 pandemic, ticketing was reduced to 3% of what it usually represents. Obviously, there was a financial impact that the director general of the FFT Jean-François Vilotte had estimated “at 80 to 100 million euros”, stressing that the accounts were “more or less balanced.”
The new president is a rarity in the history of the FFT: he is a former high-level player, even if he describes himself as “a player at the level nothing exceptional”. Of the fifteen presidents that the FFT has known since 1920, only four have played in Grand Slam tournaments and defended the colors of France in the Davis Cup: René Lacoste, Marcel Bernard, Philippe Chatrier and therefore Gilles Moretton.