Christelle and Olivier Meunier are the founders of the new 100% padel club: Angers Padel. Retour sur ce nouveau club de padel, premier du genre dans la région.

You know the padel recently?

Christelle and Olivier - We discovered the padel, like many padel players, in Spain, in Mallorca more precisely. This discovery was made in 2015 where we discover a club of 10 outdoor fields. But not only, we saw almost all hotels equipped with padel courts. We played there ... And that's the heart stroke. It was from this holiday that we thought there might be something to do around the padel.

When you returned from Spain, did you advance quickly?

Christelle and Olivier - Back in Angers, we began our study to see if this sport was known in the region. In Angers no, in any case there was no structure, however, it was observed that the sport took more and more scale in France with including many padel clubs in the south. It was necessary to build the project by finding the good premises ... A sacred adventure but which succeeded. And finally, we were relatively fast because we know that many projects do not succeed because of the land requirements requested by the padel.

A past in tennis?
Olivier Meunier - The padel became a favorite, certainly because I already had tennis behind me. I could quickly take a liking. I am also 15 / 2 and I continue to play tennis. These sports are really complementary.

The establishment of a school is planned for when?

Christelle and Olivier - A padel school will be set up for the start of September. First, we launch the structure and we do padel initiations / discoveries to as many people as possible. Having opened in December did not allow us to do otherwise. But for next September, there will be a school for children, but also for adults.

At the event level, what is planned?

Christelle and Olivier - We saw at our recent padel tournament, the 28 last January, that there is a certain craze. The players are passionate. And we will redo other tournaments.

We will also propose a stage of the Head Open in a few weeks / months. It will be a qualification for the Master of the Head Open which will take place in Barcelona. We are waiting for the accreditation of our club by the French Tennis Federation.

Interview by Franck Binisti

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Franck Binisti

Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Pyramid Club in 2009 in the Paris region. Since then padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France by going to cover the big French paddle events.