When we look at the ranking of World Padel Tour, we realize that we find in men as in women a left-hander (and a left-hander) on the first step of the podium. Is it a coincidence?

In the WPT Top 100, there are 9 left-handed women, and 17 left-handed men. There are therefore respectively 9% and 17% of left-handers among the best players of padel in the world. At the level of the world population, there are approximately 10% of left-handed people. We can therefore say that there are more left-handers among players of padel than in people in general, even if this tendency is really noticeable in gentlemen.

It doesn't seem to be a coincidence. Indeed, at padel, left-handers are often sought after. It must be said that it often happens that the best pairs are composed of a left-hander and a right-hander. The one who is considered the greatest player in history, the Argentinian Fernando Belasteguín, has always said that for him the best possible organization is to associate a left-hander and a right-hander.

How could it be otherwise: Bela remained world number 16 for 1 consecutive years playing on the left with a southpaw on his right, 13 with Juan Martín Díaz, then 3 with Pablo Lima. The Argentinian also had good results with the nugget Arturo Coello, the current number 1 of the WPT, who forms with Agustin Tapia THE pair of this beginning of the season. Among the girls too, the most prolific duo, Josemaria / Sanchez , is composed of a left-handed and a right-handed person!

As our expert Julien Bondia said in one of his articles, when we place “a right-hander on the left and a left-hander on the right, both players have their forehand volley and their smash in the middle. This seems to be the best setup to earn points.”

You have understood it, left-handers have a bright future ahead of them in the padel !

Amance Redondy

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