Last Updated on July 19, 2022
Not every day do you see a volleyball player cross to tennis and start making waves instantly. However, this is the case of fast-rising Paris-born American Tennis player Maxime Cressy.
Cressy is a developing tennis player who rose to fame after participating in Ohio’s ATP Challengers Tournaments, where he won both the Doubles (alongside Bernado Saraiva) and the Singles a week later in 2019. At the tournament, he also won the NCAA Doubles with Keegan Smith representing his college, UCLA.
He made his first ATP Tour debut through a wild card at the 2020 US Open and participated in the 2021 Australia Open in Melbourne. 2022 has been an excellent year for the promising talent, after reaching two finals and surging drastically in the ATP World Ranking into the top 50.
In early 2021, Cressy held the 171st position on the ATP Ranking. He now sits at 33 in the Singles category after winning his debut ATP title at a competition in Newport. Cressey achieved this feat due to his highly technical and dangerous serve and volley style, enabling him to trounce some professional tennis players.
The current coaches of Maxime Cressy are Romain Sichez, and Armand D’Harcourt, who we believe started a coaching relationship with Cressy after the Australia Open. The Australia Open began in early 2021, and Cressy had to travel with an old friend from Paris to participate since he had no coach during this period. However, these two coaches live a relatively private life, especially Armand D’Harcourt, as very few details about them are public.
Romain Sichez is a professional French Tennis player who never made the limelight as he attained a career highest ranking of 690 on ATP and an ITF ranking of 101. He was more active in Futures Tournaments and participated in many top Futures tournaments. Our best guess is that the 31 years old coach never had enough points to make the ATP during his career.
Much is not public about Armand D’Harcourt, who worked closely with Romain Sichez to see to the career development of Maxime Cressy.
According to Cressy, when asked about the possibility of him getting an agent or manager in the future, the Newport player almost ruled this out as he believes his current manager, who happens to be his mother, is doing an excellent job in this aspect. He also spoke about his brother handling his social media accounts which shows the extent of the connections between the player and his family.
The player also claimed he frequently talked to his former coaches and trainers to get more insight on how he could improve his game, especially with his college coach, Billy Martins.
There are no stated records of Cressy having a professional coach before becoming a professional in 2019. Even after this, he waited for about two years before meeting with his current coaches, Romain Sanchez and Armand D’Harcourt.
According to his bio and previous interviews, Maxime worked with a few coaches during his high school and college development. These coaches include:
Coach Mo Mohammed, also known as Badran, was Cressy’s coach during his time at the Weil Academy in Southern California.
Cressy’s mother suggested he enroll at an academy to get a shot at UCLA. This plan was after rejection by the French Federation.
The academy was said to be his starting point by the player, and he also recognized the fitness trainer Patrick Muller’s efforts during the US Open interview. His response was as follows to the question asked by the interviewer:
“As soon as I arrived at Weil’s, I just felt incredible energy, and my tennis started to improve a lot every day with coach Mo Mohamed (Badran) on the court. And also Patrick (Muller) on the fitness side. I think the biggest thing was I felt supported and loved and felt that they believed in me and I was part of a family. That lifted my spirit. I attracted a lot of good things into my life by going to Weil. It wouldn’t have been possible to get an offer to play at UCLA without the Weil Academy”.
Billy Martins was the head coach of the Tennis team at UCLA and contributed a lot to the development of Cressy. According to Cressy, Billy was the man who put him into work on his tactical and technical development as a tennis player, and he is grateful to have met a man like Billy.
As a college head coach, Billy has also contributed to developing several professional tennis players from UCLA and led the school where he attended several NCCA Tennis titles. The star has had a successful career, winning 1 Singles title and 3 Doubles titles.
He also had made a name for himself as an established college head coach. He was awarded the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Coach of the Year and a member of the Hall of Fame.
David Moreau was Cressy’s full-time coach and trainer while preparing for his first US Open tournament. He has to move in with David, who lived some distance away from Paris, to develop a good relationship with his coach better and have more time to train better for the upcoming tournament.
Moreau also could not make a name for himself as a tennis player and participated more in Futures tournaments with no record of games at the ATP. Also, there is no record of the coach working with some other tennis players as he seems to offer more of a private coaching service than dedicating his time to a particular player.
Maxime Cressy’s achievements with different coaches
We have collected in the table the data about the trophies won by Maxime Cressy under the guidance of various coaches.
|Coaches||Years of Completion||Titles|
|Romain Sichez and Armand D’Harcourt||2021- till date||2022 ATP Newport|
|David Moreau||2020-2021||2020 Drummondville Challengers Title 2021 Forli-2 Challengers Title|
|Billy Martins||2016-2019||2019 Cleveland Challengers Title NCCA Doubles Title with Keegan Smith|