300 top players for Dieppe UC national table tennis tournament
By Philippe Beaufils
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As every year, the Maison des sports de Dieppe opens the battles of the main sporting events of the year.
This is obvious Dieppe UC National Table Tennis Tournament the long-awaited moment that took place on Saturday and Sunday.
not less than 300 players are expected a good half dozen of them are part of the French Top 400.
Just a year ago, despite a still ongoing health crisis, Dieppe UC was able to organize its tournament in early 2022.
The city of Dieppe contributed greatly to this, much to the satisfaction of the people Duke president Pascal Cavegin and his tournament manager Gerard Leseur.
So they are still very happy to be able to offer a new edition on December 7th and 8th.
Gerard Leseur, chief organizer of this national Duke table tennis tournament and former secretary of the Dieppe club, is optimistic.
I am hoping for 300 players on Saturday and Sunday, which is the same as last year. We already have close to 250 registrants and we know we will record last minute registrations. This 2023 edition will be successful.
Abdelkader Salifou is the big favourite
If there is quantity, there is quality.
Past winners return to the shores of the Channel, starting with the overwhelming favorite for this weekend’s edition. Abdelkader Salifou (66th French player).
He is the only player registered to date to appear in the Top 100.
Having missed last year’s Dieppe tournament, Abdelkader Salifou returns to the Channel side to win the open.
The former French No. 7 is keen to show he remains a formidable player.
If he wants to win, he’s clearly not the only one.
Other applicants include two players from Le Havre Maxim Kislev (127th French) and Nikita Yarushin (151st French) ranked in the National Top 200.
Other Le Havre prospects Dylan Chaperon (211th French) and Mersois Comi Agbetoglo (242nd French) are clearly aiming for the last four.
There will be at least two other contenders who have already won Duke’s national tournament to advance to this stage of the semifinals.
We are obviously thinking of Julien Novarre (360 French) and Hakeem Hassan (425 French).
They appreciate the quality of Duke’s tournament setup and are back to shine.
In total, we currently have 15 ranked players, 5 of whom are in the national Top 250 and 7 of whom are in the national Top 400. This will allow viewers to participate in high-quality matches
Other table tennis players to watch over the two days of competition will include players from the regional clubs of ES Arques, Auffay, Petit-Quevilly, Rouen, Cep Saint-Nicolas-d’Aliermont and of course Dieppe.
Russell brothers for Duke
Dukes will officiate flag team captain Cédric Mathern.
Also, the two Roussel brothers (Benoît and Quentin) hope to shine in their paintings.
On the other hand, former Dieppois Antoine Leseur, who played for SPO Rouen in the National 1, seems very unlikely to make the trip.
If he comes, he has to decide at the last moment.
This year there will still be plenty of tables that will allow players of all levels to compete 36 tables spread over three rooms of the Maison des Sports the surrounding area is currently under construction.
Thus, the city of Dieppe placed the necessary equipment to facilitate the movement of players between rooms.
Also, the services of the municipality will bring the tables necessary for the smooth running of the tournament and belonging to the Seine-Maritime Table Tennis Committee in Auffey and Penly.
– The Dieppe UC tournament takes place at the Maison des sports on Saturday, January 7th from 10:30am to 10:00pm and Sunday, January 8th from 8:30am to 10:00pm.
– Access via Rue Montigny.
– Free entry.
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