Antonis Malinakis devient charentonnais !

  • Après une saison hors norme à Charenton TT : la montée en N2 et son parcours fantastique à Vittel pour la #TeamEurope, le podium de Daniel Amaral et les différentes montées de nos équipes la période du mercato était importante ! Interview avec celui qui prend le flambeau de Julien Sarfati !

L’équipe fanion de Charenton TT fraichement auréolée de son titre de vice-championne de nationale 3 voit le départ de Julien vers d’autres horizons professionnels et donc sportifs. Le malheureux descend dans le Sud !

Pour faire face à son départ et à une montée en nationale 2 acquise après un parcours magnifique en phase 2, le recrutement avait été ouvert…Le capitaine Dan a semble-t-il trouvé un joueur à même de remplacer Julien. L’histoire ne dit pas encore s’il est fan des McDo d’avant match mais nous verrons !

En attendant, je l’ai interviewé pour en savoir plus sur lui et ses attentes ! Il s’appelle Antonis (MALINAKIS).

 

Bonjour Antonis, tu es le tout nouveau joueur de l’équipe n°1 de Charenton TT. Bienvenu ! Tu connais le principe d’une interview, pourrais-tu te présenter aux adhérents et supporters du club ?

My name is Antonis Malinakis and I would like to say a big hello to all members of Charenton Table Tennis club. I am a Greek table tennis player and I am 31 years old. I am very happy to join the club.

Depuis combien de temps fais-tu du ping-pong ? et qu’est-ce qui t’a donné envie de faire du tennis de table ?

I started playing ping pong at the age of 7. I liked the sport from the beginning and before I know it I had the first successes. After one year of playing I came 2nd at the Greek championship until 12 years old boys.

 

Tu étais au club de Seloncourt la saison dernière, qu’est-ce que ça donné ?

I was playing for Seloncourt club 3 years in a row. I had a very nice time there. I tried to be the leader of the club and help them to advance to N3 and N2 after. I earned a lot of experience there and it will be useful for the next of my course.

Alors LA question, pourquoi Charenton ?

I was looking for a team in N2 and after I spoke with Mr. Daniel Amaral he decided to give me the chance to play for Charenton. He explained me the club goals and I am looking forward to play for it. I had the chance to visit the club’s website and as I saw the club is very well organized and has a magnificent training hall.

As-tu pu déjà échanger avec les membres de l’équipe ? Si oui, comment les trouves-tu ? Connais-tu leur style de jeu ?

I only had the chance to interact with Mr. Amaral so far and I am very satisfied about our communication. He is very helpful and willing to answer to my questions. I watched one game of Charenton on YouTube and I saw Daniel playing very well, almost like Gionis!! (haha)

I will have the chance to watch more of the players very soon. I am sure they all are great players; their results speak for them.

Tu arrives dans un club qui vient de terminer premier de Nationale 3, et qui a remporté le titre de Champion de Nationale 3 à Vittel. Quelle est ton ambition pour la saison prochaine en Nationale 2 ?

The club had a big success this season. Not only came first on the group but also in all N3. I would like to be a part of the success of the club for the next season as well. The first goal is the club to maintain easily in N2 and after that why not to look higher. Regarding my personal ambition, after having 100% in N3 last season, I would like to continue in high standards of play. I don’t know if it is possible to have 100% in N2 but I will try my best to be close enough.

 

Justement en parlant d’ambition, tu as déjà un bon tableau de chasse avec de nombreuses performances à ton actif (les plus jeunes connaitront notamment Stefan Fegerl, actuel 48ème mondial). Comment arrive-t-on à battre un tel joueur ?

I was a member of the Greek national team for many years. I won several medals in men’s Balkan championships. I also had the chance to compete against great players. Well mentioned, my greatest win was against Stefan Fegerl. We both were 18 years old and I eliminated him from the first round of European championship in singles event. I didn’t expect to win against him but I really had a great game and I won 4-1!

Continues-tu de représenter la Grèce au niveau pro ? Que retiens-tu de cette période où tu as représenté ton pays ?

I decided to retire from the national team several years ago. After graduating from the university, I had to leave Athens and go back to my hometown, Chania in Crete, in order to work there. I studied mechanical engineering.

I was very proud to represent my country and I remember all the training and the preparations we had as a team. The feeling is very unique when you represent your country in international events. I still can play some ITTF tournaments and represent Greece on them. My current ranking in Greece is No 7.

Parlons un peu de ton style de jeu. Quel genre de joueur es-tu ?

I am an offensive right-hand player. I use offensive short pimples on my backhand where I can spin and hit the ball and classic rubber on the forehand. I prefer playing close to the table but when needed I can turn my handle and play backhand topspin. I expect big value of my services and I give big attention at my receives.

Quel est ton coup fort favori ?

My favorite and my most effective shot is my forehand topspin. I like generating topspins and counters from all the table’s sides.

 

Merci Antonis de t’être présenté et d’avoir répondu à nos nombreuses questions ! Bienvenu au club ! Veux-tu adresser un message ou rajouter une anecdote ?

I would like to thank once again Charenton club for giving me the opportunity to play in N2 and I will try hard to meet the expectations. After the end of the season I am waiting you to come in Crete and drink some raki and ouzo together. (haha)

Enjoy your summer.

Vous pourrez rencontrer Antonis dès septembre prochain ! Passez un bon été !

(Propos rapporté en anglais)