It is undoubtedly a great source of pride for Andrea Melisi (564): that of beating the legend of Australian tennis, Patrick Rafter, at the Australian Open. The Italian, expatriate in Australia, and his partner T (447) soundly beat the former tennis player and Luke Morland, 6 / 2 6 / 2.

Andrea Melisi experiences this confrontation with Pat’ Rafter as “a dream":"At the draw, I saw “Patrick Rafter” and I said to myself: “Is that really him? I always called him Pat. Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt are living legends in Australia“, Melisi said, full of enthusiasm.

In addition to playing against the Australian legend, Melisi and his teammate Brown inflicted a severe 6/2 6/2 on the former tennis player. “Pat Rafter is a beginner at padel, but he's a good player. The smashes and volleys are the ones we all remember: if he trains for six months, he will beat us all“, he added after the meeting with Rafter.


Anyway, it's an indelible memory that Andrea Melisi offered himself and, without a doubt, that he will not fail to tell the experience to all his loved ones: “I can say I beat Pat Rafter at the Australian Open. But I won't say that it was padel..."

Pat Rafter was there first international competition au padel, but certainly not the last. The founding ambassador of Padel Australia still has many projects "I’m really looking forward to helping spread the word about a game that I really enjoy playing. I will be competing in a few events here in Australia and who knows where that will take me. "

We will watch to follow the career padelistic by Patrick Rafter and see if he becomes invincible in a few months, as Andrea Melisi predicts!

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.