Gael Monfils once again chooses TeamLagardère

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Paris, November 24, 2007

Juniors champion Gael Monfils, 20, currently ranked 38th worldwide, winner of the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon Juniors titles, has once again joined TeamLagardère.

Gael Monfils will now have access to the full skills and expertise of TeamLagardère. Gael will receive personalized follow-up centred on training under the leadership of Thierry Champion. He will undergo sophisticated testing, regular assessment of his physical and technical capabilities in close collaboration with the TeamLagardère research team, biological monitoring as well as assistance in planning his fitness training regimen. As is the case for all TeamLagardère athletes, Gael will be required to comply with a rigorous and strict code of ethics.

At TeamLagardère, Gael Monfils will join back up with the training team he had worked with during the 2005 and 2006 seasons.

It was thanks to TeamLagardère that Monfils swiftly reached the world’s 23rd ranking in June 2006. “I am very happy to be back with TeamLagardère, men and women in whom I have great trust. After three years on the circuit, my goals are ambitious: reach the top world rankings, rise to the highest level at the Grand Slam tournaments, and, hopefully, join France’s Davis Cup team. Currently, the conditions for that are ripe and the situation optimal.” Gael Monfils

I am delighted that Gael has joined our team. He has all of the skills needed to become one of the world’s leading players. Within our Foundation, he will once again benefit from a diverse palette of experience and skill. We are honoured and very proud to have him.” Arnaud Lagardère

The Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation

The aim of the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation is to create excellence, nurture confidence and foster social cohesion in the fields of sports and culture. With these goals in mind, the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation supports young talent, creators and sponsors of social solidarity projects. Its mission is to identify and create athletic and cultural excellence, develop exceptional venues for sports and culture, and engage in committed social action in the heart of disadvantaged neighbourhoods. TeamLagardère and Lagardère Paris Racing are the cornerstones of the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation’s commitment to sports.

TeamLagardère is an innovative entity providing professional-level coaching assistance in its facility located in the Paris Jean Bouin club. TeamLagardère includes a centre for sports-related scientific expertise that brings together the most advanced levels of technical competence in the areas of research, training and coaching. TeamLagardère also aims to train young hopefuls at its facility in Sofia Antipolis on the French Riviera by offering them a dual path of excellence: sports performance and personal development. TeamLagardère offers a personalized response to top-level athletes by providing them with educational assistance and monitoring, training and retraining programmes depending on their age and professional career path.

The Lagardère Paris Racing club is an ambitious project devoted to sports in Paris. With more than 18,500 members, including fourteen sports divisions in two athletic facilities – La Croix Catelan and Eblé –, Lagardère Paris Racing is Europe’s leading multi-sport athletic club. Its mission is to develop the practice of sports in the French capital, in all of its manifestations: professional or high-level sports supported by TeamLagardère’s expertise and training, leisure-time sports, health-related sports and sports for people with disabilities. Its long-term mission is to develop the outlines of a new French sports model, centred on strengthening the high-level club concept.

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