Benefit from the experience of the French coaches and obtain your DEJEPS (State Diploma of Youth, Popular Education and Sport). Find out more about this unique opportunity: the apprenticeship contract offered on a sandwich course at the French Touch Academy
'I was ranked O at the time and had obtained the equivalent of a Bachelor degree in France. I was a good club player but with low professional tennis expectations. I lived an absolutely unique experience at StMary's University in California over the course of 2 years. Learning the language and the quality of the lectures in general have enabled me to acquire the necessary experience to succeed in my carreer in the world of sport - working conditions I have always dreamt of. Upon returning in France, I was lucky enough to work for the Lagardere Pareis Racing, I then pursued my dream to partake in the Olympic Games by becoming the Manager for the organisation of the 2024 Olympics.'
'Charles enabled me to integrate the University of Las Vegas (UNLV) in 2000. My profile was rather unusual at the time, because I had already played on the professional circuit (former 280 ATP) for 8 seasons before deciding to go back to studying. I thereby took the opposite pathway to most players who normally first go to the USA, and then integrate the professional circuit once they complete their studies. This experience has simply changed my life. After obtaining 2 Business degrees (Bachelor in Management Information Systems in 2003, followed by an MBA in finance in 2005). After my studies I worked in real estate for 2 years also in Las Vegas. I then embarked into the management and coaching of professional poker players in 2008, notably alongside Bertrand Grospellier. Today, 11 years later, I am blessed to still be able to work in this particular field as I am the manager of the Team Pro Winamax since 2010.'
'I made the decision to go to the USA at the University of Pepperdine in Los Angeles via the intermediary of Charles Auffray. My choice was guided by my will to find a mix between academic excellence (Pepperdine is in a partneship with Essec) and ambition on the tennis side. In my life there is a before and after Pepperdine. I graduated with a Bachelor in International Business. Following this experience, I was able to integrate a prestigious business school (the EM Lyon) in France to do a Master in finance. Today, I have been working for a corporate bank (Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank) for 14 years and I am about to leave for Shanghai in a few weeks time for a director's role as an expatriate.'
"At the age of 17, I entered the ISP academy (Sophia Antipolis), directed by Charles Auffray. This specialized training enabled me to obtain my Bac ES and climb to the -2/6 ranking. I then studied 4 years in the USA from 2008 to 2012 at the University of East Tennessee State a top 40 division 1NCAA team. It was a unique experience combining both studies and tennis at a high level. I was able to travel and play the best players in the country (UT, Florida, Georgia...) and even participate in the NCAA team/individual tournament! Aufinal, this adventure allowed me to get out of my comfort zone, get a Bachelor's degree (Business Administration and Marketing), speak fluent English, improve my tennis and have friends all over the world. "
"I left through Charles a few years ago and I was lucky enough to be able to enter a university in California (University of San Diego) thanks to my level of tennis (0 at the time). It was an extraordinary experience. The high level of university tennis allowed me to progress and I was able to join the professional circuit after graduation (Top ATP ranking: 374). At the same time, the diploma and the experience acquired during these 4 years allowed me to climb the professional ladder more quickly. And if I am today Director of Audiovisual Rights for the Bein Sports Group, I owe it in part to the career I accomplished in the USA."
"The best decision, quite simply. Thanks to Charles Auffray, I had the opportunity to join a 1st division university in the United States and despite the anxiety of leaving everything in France, I very quickly understood that this adventure would be a real springboard for my future. During my studies at the universities of South Carolina and Wofford, I learned to balance the schedules of a top athlete and a student. This was an added value when I wanted to join the professional world in France where I joined the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Committee for more than 3 years. High level sport taught me rigour, team spirit and surpassing oneself, which I find every day in my professional life. Each new professional challenge is a tennis match that I try to win. Today I am responsible for Bridgestone's Olympic activation for Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa. I can only recommend this experience which is a real school of life. "
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