The former bowler, three-time French university champion, whose hand injury left him with a concussion, was later recruited to rugby, as center, in Clermont-Ferrand, with which he was a Challenge finalist Yves-du-Manoir, in 1957. He only came to tennis when he was 27 years old. Since then, he has never stopped. Even in the course of his career as a sports professor, which led him to the Joinville Battalion, where he coached Yannick Noha, Henri Lecomte, Thierry Tulasne, Guy Forget and many others.
Rapidly ranked -4/6, he stayed up to 51 years old and played and won numerous tournaments around the world, wearing the colors of the Atmosphere. He continued his career among the Veterans, winning some twenty French championship titles, in 1977 in the Over 45s, until 2016, in the Over 80s. He added four fashion champion titles to the 75+ in 2008, the 85+ in 2016 and 2018 and the 90+ in 2021. In 2022, he had to settle for a runner-up title. world champion.
“It was in the sense that the club house bears your name,” said Jean-René Etchegaray after unveiling the plaque. Pour Xabi Valdivielso, “Our friend Henri Crutchet carries the values that are those of the Around bayonnais, abnegation, serious and rigorous. »
“If he has obtained his state sports educator 3 licensee degree, which places him in the same rank as a national technical director, he was not interested only in the elite but always considered tennis at his assembly. “, Added Xabi Valdivielso.
An elixir from Cognac
The president of the tennis league of Nouvelle-Aquitaine Alain Moreau, an offer to Henri Crutchet “un elixir venu de Cognac” dubbed “Les Noces d’or”. Eric Largeron, the vice-president of the French tennis federation, who had made the trip from Montpellier, judged that “The players and players who are evolving today at the highest level of French can take Henri Crutchet as an example. »
Laurent Irazusta, president of the Around bayonnais omnisports was among the most excited in highlighting the course of the non -sporting champion “great sport, concerned with detail”.