In this series, Messages From Paris, we share some interesting interviews made during The 2013 World Table Tennis Championships, that were held in Paris.

During this video Claude Bergeret, The French National Champion in 1982, 6 times champion of France in singles & doubles, 7 times French champion in mixed doubles & World Champion in mixed doubles with Jacques Secrétariat in 1977, talks about her view of contemporary table tennis, and what is essential for a young player to reach the top… From her point of view, what are the most important ingredients for a successful table tennis player & and where the most dangerous pitfalls lie…

She started playing table tennis at the age of 11 and based her style of play on counterattack. She stopped her sports career in 1982 and became a coach of the France Junior Team from 1983 to 1985, The Senior Team from 1986-1987, and was subsequently appointed Vice-President of the European Table Tennis Federation and Chair of the Athletes’ Commission of the International Federation.

– About her family, at what age she started playing table tennis, how she had to give up classical ballet & which parts of her game she should have developed more (0:002:30)
– What a coach of a Cadet Team needs to give to his/her players & if there is any difference in training girls or boys at that age (2:305:14)
– How important parents are for a young players development & what are the biggest problems a coach can have with “the parents” (5:147:46)
– At what age should a player be introduced to international table tennis competition & what attributes in a young player she looks for (7:4610:55)
– Final message for young table tennis players (10:5512:33)