Clement Chidech is sure to make a good impression.
The Washington freshman, who moved to the Lyon National Institute of Applied Sciences in his native France, was so impressed with the UW coaches that he was named one of the three captains of the team before he played.
Chidech’s star continued to grow as the games began. Chidekh, who moved to the No. 1 singles spot in his second game, is 10-1 in singles and 8-2 in doubles, while the Czech Republic played against the team.
The cancellation deserves a lot of help in bringing Chidekh to UW.
Cancel and Chidech have known each other since growing up in Toulouse, France. When there was an open UW list for this season, Cancel offered coach Matt Angers.
“He said, ‘I know a guy who is a really tough player,’ scientifically well, who started at a French university, now he wants to come to a place where he has the opportunity to pursue tennis և academics in the United States. ‘ “It was Clement,” said Angers.
Angers studied Clement’s results that night and liked what he saw. One player who beat some of France’s best players was ranked in the Tennis Europe Top 100.
“I thought, ‘Wow, this guy looks good.’ He is legal, “said Angers, whose team has 6-5 records. “That’s how it all started.”
At UW, Clement can combine academics and tennis. It was not possible in France, he says, where one or the other should have been. After studying engineering in Lyon for a year, he was ready to move to the United States
“I wanted to give more to my tennis,” said Chidech, who said improving English was his challenge. “(UW) was a combination of a good school, a good (tennis) program, as well as a good coaching staff that can help me improve as a tennis player as a person.”
An burn realized that Chidech was a little different when he got to university. The coach asked Chidech how he was playing recently.
“Usually you get a vague answer, like ‘very good,'” said Angers, who described Chidech as an aggressive mainstream specialist. “It simply came to our notice then. He knows his game very well. The more you have it, the better prepared you are. You know what you have to work on and you will get it. I think a lot of guys have an idea, but they are not as keenly aware as Clement. ”
When the team started training, Clement once again stood out with his focus, his ability to do his best almost every day.
“(Assistant) coach Chris Russell, ‘I was talking until the fall,’ we said, ‘This guy is not only legal, he’s legal every day,'” said Angers. “I think he had a two-day internship where we thought, ‘Is everything okay with Clement?’ It’s pretty good for everyone, not to mention someone adapting to a new place. ”
Ger Burn said that consistency, like Chidech’s team spirit and humility, led him to be named team captain.
“One of the things that made it easy for him to become a captain was that he was very humble,” said Angers. “He will go out, train, beat someone, then tell that boy all the good things they did. It is not that he looks at them and says: “I belonged to you today.” That is another way. “You did well, and you did well. If you had done a little better, you might have beaten me today.” »
Chidech seems to be focusing more on a single loss than on his 10 wins, including a straight win over Oregon osh oshua Charlton, who finished 30th in the country.
In one defeat, Chidech scored two points against Arizona No. 50 Jon Onas ive Iverts before losing in the third series tie-break.
“I can still do better,” said Chidech, who said he was not surprised by his success as his game improved in the autumn practice. “If you work hard, you will get good results.”
Chidech said he was trying to set an example, “he was very surprised” when he was made captain. He said it made him “want to give more to his teammates”.
“I think in the past (being called a captain) I was not shy, but I just did my job; I did not want to tell the boys how to work, everything,” he said. “It helped me to express myself more about what I think about the team, how to work hard, how to help us improve together.”
The Angers coached three players at UW who reached the NCAA Championship semifinals. He saw so much of Chidech that he thought he might be the next big Husky.
“I do not want to overestimate everything soon,” said Angers. “But when you are so detailed, it pushes you right away. “I think he can work to be a top player, to be a really good professional.”