Audrey Casanova and Laura Clergue, the latest French paddle champions 2015 are back on their course and their European ambitions in December.
Padel Magazine (PM) - The French championships of padel were a goal for you. Relieved?
Audrey Casanova (CA) - We are delighted. The final stages were complicated and we found the weapons to go to the end.
PM - You clearly displayed your ambitions a few weeks ago. Is this positive pressure?
Laura Clergue (LC) - I think it is mainly the work that has paid off. We knew our main opponents and we therefore worked towards this objective. Today, we are doing very well. There is another reason for our hopes: harmony in the team. With Audrey, we get along very well and I think it shows on the ground.
PM - You have a different course in the padel. Laura, you only arrived in the padel world for 1 year. Did Jérôme Shoeffer play an important role in getting you there?
AC - The work of course played. The Set Club has been our base for 1 year with Laura. We worked almost every day. And it's also true that I've been playing padel for much longer than Laura, but in the end, it's a very balanced team. We never tire. It's a huge passion. With training 1-2 times a week and almost daily matches.
LC - I have been playing padel especially for 1 year. But once we said to Audrey, we want to do something good, we started playing every day. We owe a lot to Jérôme Shoeffer, our coach at the Set Club d'Aix. It's been a year that takes care of us and the result is there. I remind you that we have been playing for 1 year almost 1 days a week when it is not every day of the week…
PM - You both have your own blows. Audrey la Bandejas and Laura a very good smash…
AC - Yet much remains to be done. But it's true that I like this shot. We will continue our training and certainly go to Spain to improve.
LC - First the smash, I think it starts from a lack of subtlety in the game. But it has become a weapon. Women don't necessarily hit hard and suddenly, it's a plus in the team. There is the subtlety with Audrey and the finish with me.
PM - Soon the European Championships. Have you ever made a plan?
LC - I'm going! There is no way. Audrey absolutely has to come. (to laugh)
AC - But I'm going too! It's great to be able to participate in the European Championships. We are very motivated. And to go with the men who are part of the same league, it's just extra.
LC - There will be a very good atmosphere, we know our counterparts in men very well. We will do everything to do something good there.
Interviewed by Franck Binisti
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.