European Youth Championships

MOURIER and NOIRAULT clinched gold in Under 15 Boy's Doubles

In all-French final of the Under 15 Boy's Doubles Event Flavio MOURIER and Antoine Jean Christian NOIRAULT prevailed against Flavien COTON and Nathan LAM to secure the title. Balazs LEI of Hungary and Samuel ARPAS of Slovakia and Bulgaria's Yoan VELICHKOV and Austria's Julian RZIHAUSCHEK won bronze.

In the final Flavio MOURIER and Antoine Jean Christian NOIRAULT overcame their teammates in four games (8:11, 11:7, 12:10, 12:10).

“We played very smart, we know each other well. We put COTN and LAM under pressure with our top spin. We are very strong in that part,” agreed both MOURIER and NOIRAULT together.

In the semi final at two tables, both French pairings had 2:0 advantage before their adversaries increased the pressure. Bulgaria's Yoan VELICHKOV and Austria's Julian RZIHAUSCHEK and Balazs LEI of Hungary and Samuel ARPAS of Slovakia managed just to extend the match to additional game.

Flavio MOURIER and Antoine Jean Christian NOIRAULT beat top seeds Balazs LEI and Samuel ARPAS (11:9, 11:7, 9:11, 12:10).

“It was important to stay calm after we lost third game after we had 9:4 lead. Balasz and Samuel recovered to win that game 11:9. We did not give up, we continued to play aggressive,” said Flavio MOURIER.

Flavien COTON and Nathan LAM overcame Yoan VELICHKOV and Julian RZIHAUSCHEK in similar style (11:3, 11:8, 5:11, 12:10).

“We are playing since 2018 together, but this is our first year at the European Championships together. This combination of left-hander/right-hander proved right. I am also happy that, whatever happened, France will have the gold at the end. It will be difficult for us since we lost against this very doubles last month in straight games,” said COTON.

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