Then that his time with the Clemson University draws to an end, the place of Marie-Alexandre Leduc in the team women’s tennis Tigers of Clemson, in South Carolina, no doubt. Before concluding the first half of the season, she and her partner have won the national title in the doubles Championship interuniversity fall, last November, in Arizona.
The Jonquiéroise is visiting his hometown for a few days, a first in a year. Now, at age 21, she is poised to launch the winter session of its fourth and final year at Clemson. Let’s say that it was made so that these ultimate moments are memorable by winning a national title with his partner of the past 18 months, the Mexican Fernanda Navarro.
“It was the first time in history that a team from the program of women’s tennis Clemson won the national championship of autumn,” announced Marie-Alexandre Leduc.
Ordered 16th favourite, the pair Leduc/Navarro concluded the competition with five wins, including two against members of the top-10 nationally.
Installed in South Carolina since the beginning of the school year 2015-2016, Leduc dispute his third season with her teammates of the Tigers of Clemson. She had to limit herself to training, during his first year in the U.s., since it had the status of a professional with landing at Clemson.
“It was more difficult at the beginning because I was not playing, agreed the young woman. Subsequently, it is really worth with the competitions. It is really different because it is team, then that is usually at tennis, rather it is an individual sport, except for the doubles. “
By virtue of their good results, Leduc and Navarro concluded the fall season in third place of the national ranking in doubles.
The winter season in the american universities will be dedicated to team tournaments. The players will have a busy schedule with 25 tournaments scheduled on the calendar, prior to the championships conference. The national championships of the NCAA will follow, if Clemson manages to qualify.
Away from the house, Marie-Alexandre Leduc has never thought to give up everything. The one who pursued a degree in criminal justice at the University of Clemson boasts the coaching offered by the tennis team, starting with its head coach Nancy Harris, with whom she maintains a wonderful relationship.
This is not without remind him of his years spent at the tennis Club inside, Saguenay d’arvida in the company of Caroline Delisle.
“I really get on with it, all the more that the coaches can be involved during the games, explained Marie-Alexandre Leduc. It is therefore even more important to have a good relationship with your coach. “
Leduc and her six other teammates will enjoy also all-new facilities, the training, the 12 of January. Clemson University has completely refurbished its training site, now consisting of six pitches to the outside and inside.
Active on the world circuit of the ITF before making the jump to the university, Marie-Alexandre Leduc will wait until the end of his studies at Clemson before thinking about the rest of his career. A return to Quebec, however, is considered, regardless of its decisions, and studies in the primary teaching are in the air.
“If I know a good end of the season, I’ll see what presents itself in front of me, she revealed. It is the end of the season that will determine the following things for the continuity of my career. A professional career is always an option. I’ll evaluate the situation after the season, but it is sure that the results recorded before Christmas are encouraging. “
Marie-Alexandre Leduc also looks at the possibility of trying his luck at the National Bank Challenger Saguenay, presented each fall “at home” at the tennis Club Saguenay.
THE DEATH OF HIS FATHER: A TEST CROSSING WITH MATURITY
The news had caused a wave of shock in the sports world, regional, and even more in the clan Leduc when Jean-François, the father of Mary-Alexander, died suddenly, in the fall of 2016. At this time, Marie-Alexandre was playing its first official season on the circuit of college tennis.
Greatly involved in the career of his daughter, Jean-François Leduc has created a great void. More than two years after the sad event, Marie-Alexandre addresses the issue with maturity.
“It is sure that the first season at Clemson has been difficult, especially as he was very involved and we were super close, she told. Despite everything, I think that it could have been worse. The coaching at the university has helped me a lot. “
When she learned the news, Marie-Alexandre Leduc has received the support of the people of Clemson, which they promptly paid for a plane ticket to return home. And the principal concerned shall ensure that it has never thought of making a cross on his university internship.
“This is not what my father would have wanted “, she shared.