Ricardo Duarte, director and founder of MyCenter – Sports & Wellness in Faro (Portugal) was present at Dakhla (Morocco), during the Intercontinental Cup padel 2024.

At the microphone Padel Magazine, Ricardo returns to his story in the padel and the creation of his club!

From tennis to padel

I have been an amateur tennis player in Portugal all my life, with some participation in international competitions. I won approximately 60 individual and team tennis titles, among which I highlight regional and national championships for young people, seniors and veterans.

In 2011, I built and opened the MyCenter – Sports & Wellness club. It is a premium health club in the city of Faro, my city of heart. Initially there were, among other things, two tennis courts. With the growth of padel in Portugal, In 2018, I transformed the two tennis courts into four tennis courts padel.

His debut in the padel

This is how I started my story in the padel. During these years, I always had experienced Spanish coaches because I wanted to learn the discipline with the best. I have organized numerous training courses with professional players and coaches, among whom I can mention: Paquito Navarro, Sergio Navarro, Lucas Campagnolo, Manu Martin, Gervasio del Bono and also the Portuguese Miguel Oliveira, Vasco Pascoal et Diogo Rocha.

After only three years of practice, I started competing in the Portuguese circuit in the senior and veteran category. In 2022, I was number 1 in the national veteran rankings et national vice-champion.

Currently I have approximately 30 national titles as a player and 9 national team titles as a coach of young people and adults.

Ricardo Duerte Dakhla

The MyCenter offer

At MyCenter we offer a center with all the necessary conditions for the practice of the discipline, as well as everything an amateur or professional may need for their preparation: a gym spacious equipped with the best machines, an indoor swimming pool, lesson studios, treatment rooms et a spa. All this with great professionals in physical exercise, treatment and recovery.

The club is very well located, close to Faro International Airport, the University of the Algarve and just 2 km from the city center.

Internships for everyone

We seek to offer an experience of padel optimal to those who visit us, by offering courses of one, two or three days. We have partner hotels with the best conditions. So, we want to assure our interns that we take care of all the details so that they can come visit us and do internships with us.

We are currently five coaches of padel at the club and we are prepared for all levels of play, from youth to adults.

I hope that our presence on the site Racket trip will be able to attract many players to our club and that they will come make the most of the good weather in the Algarve all year round.

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.