27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Antso Rakotondramanga will leave Kazan with a medal and a matryoshka doll

After his defeat at the hands of Korean Yongkyu Lim in the men’s singles tennis final, Madagascar’s Antso Rakotondramanga stated that the Universiade is the beginning of his professional career and also shared what else he will be taking home from Kazan with his medal:


Universiade. Day 11. Tennis © RIA News / Alexei Kudenko

This final is not the end of my career, it is only the start of my professional accomplishments. I think I will play better next time after I work on the mistakes that prevented me from taking the gold this time. I have only one hope and one wish and that is to win! … While I was in Kazan, I bought a Russian wooden doll at one of the souvenir shops, but I always forget what it’s called. Oh right, the matryoshka. I also bought a little glass for alcohol. Madagascar doesn’t have things like that, so I bought it as a keepsake. And, of course, I’m bringing back a lot of presents for my lady.  


Media Department of Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate