As this weekend, players and teams in great shape are gathering in Chantilly for the last major tournament of the European season: the French Open.
These players come from all over Europe where they all shined particularly in different tournaments, in Germany, in Spain, in Switzerland and in France. La Quinta, for example, who will defend its title in Chantilly, won on Sunday the Open du Soleil of Saint-Tropez, lead by its captain, the handicap 7, Dario Musso. The other finalist of 2014, Sainte-Mesme, shined for its part during the Spanish season of Sotogrande, where the team took the Coupe d’Or (medium-goal). The club presents two teams in Chantilly. The first one is formed by French players only, handicap 5 Clément Delfosse and Brieuc Rigaux (back from Switzerland where he won the Polo Masters of Veytay), handicap 4 Robert Strom alongside his father and captain Birger Strom. The second team counts in its ranks the third French handicap 5, Pierre Henri Ngoumou, who won last Sunday the Coupe d’Or in Deauville. The Argentinian Ramiro Zavaleta was part of this successful team in Deauville: we will see him again in Chantilly within the Ghantoot Racing Polo Club team alongside the European n°1, British Luke Tomlinson (h7). The finalist team of this Coupe d’Or in Deauville, Marquard Media, will also be part of this French Open, presenting the exceptional Martin Aguerre (h6) who craves for victory.
Tom Tailor’s Germans arrive in Chantilly with a win in last weekend biggest German tournament, the Berlin Maifeld Cup. Uwe Schröder, the Captain, has hired especially for Chantilly, one of the three greatest South-African players, the spectacular Chris McKenzie (h6).
In short, it’s a great vintage promised for this French Open 2015 with six nations among seven teams who will be represented. On Saturday, an exhibition game proposed by the official timekeeper of the Polo Club of Chantilly, Richard Mille, as part of the vintage cars gathering, will be the kick-off of the French Open.
Program and results on: www.poloclubchantilly.com