Last week, Arnaud Di Pasquale et Arnaud Clement created a sensation during the French Championships over 45 years old, by winning without having lost a single set. The two former professional tennis players join the long line of former players joining the benches of the padel.

Former professional tennis players among women

Among women, it has already become commonplace since we have for a while Alexia Dechaume and, more recently, Émilie Loit. The two players also participated in the Senior Plus World Championships this year and went to seek, with their teammates, a very nice silver medal as a team…and a very nice gold medal as a pair (in the +50s for Alexia Dechaume, with Catherine Lalanne and among the over 45s for Émilie Loit with Peggy Maignien).

Therefore, we are almost accustomed to seeing ancient tenniswomen in the French selection.

A similar case among gentlemen?

Consequently, we can wonder if Arnaud Di Pasquale and Arnaud Clément, now champions of France +45 years old, can also claim selection for the French team, next year. On paper, anything is possible for these two veterans tennis players who were part of the french top 50 au padel.

Clément / Di Pasquale

Moreover, when the FFT questioned Arnaud Clément at the end of the French Championships, on possible selection for the French team at padel, here is the latter's response "We must see. I don't know the selection criteria, but I imagine that winning this title of French champion is a plus for us. […] So if the opportunity presents itself and if we are selected, we will do it with pleasure I think."

Seeing Arnaud Clément and Arnaud Di Pasquale in the senior French team plus, it's not impossible!

A trend that will intensify?

Therefore, it would not be surprising to see more and more former professional tennis players present in the national veteran teams. This is not something exceptional since in 2022, during the World Championships, Italy had included in its ranks the former Italian professional tennis player, Roberta Vinci.

Finally, le padel Isn't it becoming a “logical” sequel for ex-tennis professionals? The next few years will probably tell us.

Gwenaelle Souyri

It was his brother who one day told him to accompany him on a track. padel, since then, Gwenaëlle has never left the court. Except when it comes to going to watch the broadcast of Padel Magazine, World Padel Tour… or Premier Padel…or the French Championships. In short, she is a fan of this sport.