Padel Magazine -Who said that the Marseille tournament of 14 and 15 September was not a dream tournament?
Yes, there was only one padel court.
Yes, the weather was strangely not so lenient as when no rain had broken out in Marseille in recent months.
Yes, it was the last tournament of the season before the masters of the FFP (French Federation of Padel) in November.
And again yes, it was a tournament certainly without stake since we already knew the qualified for the master.
And yet ... The padel allowed everyone to agree: It's good to play!
Many French teams were present. Teams from far away also participated in this sporting event.
However the teams of the famous club set (Aix-en-Provence) with more than 100 players, unfortunately missed on the board. What a shame ... But this is only part of the discount for this club.
Jean-Marc Dalain, the manager of the padel at the Marseille Tennis Club (TCM), was in the oven and at the mill since he had to organize this big padel party on a single pitch. Mission successful!
The first games set the tone.
We are entitled to great show with beautiful oppositions but also surprises ...
Starting with a surprise with the exit of the seeded No. 1 (Patrick and Kevin Fouquet) after a match where everything was successful in the pair Bequetti / Weller. This same pair had up to the outrage to beat Jean-Marc Dalin 6 / 1 6 / 1. The pair Bequetti / Weller is beautiful and generous but unfortunately it will pay the price with a nasty injury of Lionel Bequetti in the semifinals that will move away from the field for a while.
The win, well deserved, will return to the pair Biegel / David against Marseillo-Saint-Cyrien Abautret / Grandmont, all four used to reach the last square of the tournaments.
The TCM with Jean Marc Dalain in the lead, managed his bet, organize a tournament on a field in joy and good mood. Everything went very well and the players are asking for more!
Finally, the club manager gives us his message:
In short, padel as I see it, friendly and where we give everything on the field regardless of the opponent.
Thank you all and see you next month at the Masters for me to take a few more lessons! ... yes, I know, I'm stubborn!
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.