Successful Toulouse tour for Raphael Pichot!
Raphaël participated this month of March 2022 in two ITF U18 tournaments near Toulouse. Until now, he had played few international tennis tournaments in the same category but had nevertheless won an ITF doubles in Austria with his partner Caspar Mikkelsen. His stay in Toulouse will have allowed him to take a step forward!
The first tournament was organized in Colomiers. Raphaël reached the semi-finals of the tennis tournament by beating two Italian players and a Swiss player. The highlight of the tournament was the quarter-final match against an Italian. Raphaël was trailing 6/2 5/2 and managed to turn things around and win 6/2 in the third set! He lost in the semi-finals, not without demerit, against the winner of the tournament, the Italian Lorenzo Carboni (Italian U16 champion).
The second tournament was played in Blagnac. In the first round, Raphael had a tough draw falling to number 5 seed Romanian Pop. Raphaël released the best match of his fortnight against a talented opponent who served lightning. He won 6/4 in the third set having saved three match points! He then won in the second round 6/2 6/2 against a French player. His Toulouse adventure then ends in the 1/4 final against a young Frenchman, with Raphael a little blunted physically and mentally by the two weeks of tennis competition.
In the end, a tour that will have allowed Raphaël to obtain his first convincing results on the international tennis circuit and which allows him to start his season with full confidence!