28. 01. 2019

INTERVIEW: Kevin Le Roux – “If I am offered a contract extension, I will sign with my eyes closed!“

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Kevin Le Roux is playing for the first time in Brazil.


The FIVB have made an interview with the French international, speaking about many topics.

How is your adaptation in Brazil going?

“It's going well. Life is beautiful. I eat well, I live well, it's nice... And in volleyball, it’s going well too. No injury, the back is holding, so I'm happy.”

What do you think of the level of the Brazilian championship?

“It is strong - technical and fast, but also physical. One can feel the style of the Brazilian national team.”

You play alongside Brazilian internationals against whom you are used to playing with the national team. How is it?

That's right. We have middle blocker Isac (Santos) and opposite Evandro (Guerra). It's nice to play with them. They know volleyball, they like it and play it well. Furthermore, they are nice guys - we can have a drink together after training or a game. They are cool. I like their mentality. In the team, we also have Taylor Sander, outside hitter of the US national team. He is also a nice guy, but we see him a little less off the court because he has a six-month-old baby.“

At the Club World Championship in Poland in November you did not manage to advance from the pool. How do you explain this?

We played badly. We cannot deny it. It was not the level we are used to in the championship. It's hard to explain why. We were really planning to win against (Asseco) Resovia and advance, but they played a very good game and we had a lot of problems. But for me, it was a first, so it was still a good experience, and it was nice to see Thibault (Rossard), Rafa (Redwitz) and Jenia (Grebennikov). We reunited to chat at the hotel.“

In that case, would you like to extend this adventure?

If I am offered an extension of the contract, I will sign immediately, with my eyes closed! I'm really well here. Volleyball is good. Life is beautiful. It's too early to talk about it now as I do not know what they plan to do. So I just continue to play my volleyball.“

Let's talk about the French team. Did you follow the draw for EuroVolley 2019 and what do you think?

All pools are well balanced. With two big teams per pool, we have Italy, whom we know well, but Bulgaria can also cause us problems. The rest (Greece, Portugal, Romania) are not necessarily big nations, but we have to be serious and win these games in order to finish in the top two and have a good place in the eighth-finals.

Are you looking forward to it?

Yes, I cannot wait to play at the European Championship, but before that, we have the VNL and the Olympic qualifications, which are important. It will be a busy summer and we will have to prepare well to stay in shape.“

What do you think about the Olympic qualification pool (Poland, Slovenia, Tunisia)?

When my Brazilian teammates saw our pool, they said "ouch!" It's going to be tough. Poland are the top - they are double world champions and will be further strengthened by (Wilfredo) Leon, who will join their team. After all, they are not unbeatable and it is not unmanageable. Slovenia are also solid. We beat them 3-0 in the final of EuroVolley 2015, but it was with difficulty.“


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