Focus on Bastien Blanqué, one of the best French padel players. He has 21 years - 10 Mai 1995 - right-handed - Player on the left and teaches us to conquer Spain ...

Your journey: Studies at the padel ...

After my BAC PRO, the BTS and landscaping training, I decided to focus on the padel. I worked 1 year at the Toulouse tennis stadium to try to develop padel activity (3 fields).

Before entering the padel, I played tennis 3 12 years and 7 football 16 years as goalkeeper.

But the turning point for me is at the age of 14 years when I discovered the padel. I will register at "PADDLE PLUS", the club of Blagnac in the Toulouse region where I will train.

For some years now, big structures such as the Toulouse padel club with 7 terrains or the Tennis club de l'hers with 4 terrains have been created. There is in the region a real dynamism for this sport.

Your results: From the small French club to the world championships

I have a spirit of competition. As soon as I started padel, the competitions were chained with rather good results elsewhere. My best results:

  • 8ème with the French team at the 2012 World Championships in CANCUN
  • Winner of Padel International Trophy 2013 in Girona
  • Winner of the National Padel Cup 2015 (Cap d'Agde)
  • Winner of the National Padel Cup 2016 (Cap d'Agde)
  • Winner of the 2016 Greek International Tournament

Your ambition: To try my luck in Spain

2017 is a very special year for me. I start the international swim by joining the pro team Babolat in Madrid to devote myself to 100% padel.

The adventure should begin in March with my partner Lyonnais Johan Bergeron until the end of the season (in December). We will train at SANSET PADEL with its 34 field which is the largest indoor paddle club in the world.

Everything seems to start, since we will have an exceptional coach: RAMIRO CHOYA, the coach of the pair Paquito Navarro and Sanyo Gutiérrez (number 3 world), the recent winners of the Master of Madrid.

We are going to pre-qualify the stages of the World Padel Tour and we would like to join the TOP 250 World at the end of the year.

And France in all this?

The professional circuit is mainly in Spain, but we do not forget France.

We will come back for the main P1000. The My Padel Tour, the Head Padel Open and the National Padel Cup will not be missed.

With all the work we are going to do this year, there is obviously the ambition to aim for a French championship title in 2017 and to finish first in the FFT ranking.

Tip - Stop typing too hard!

My advice is to stop typing very hard and want to finish the point quickly! It is the hospital that does not care about charity. I know. (To laugh)

I advise you to force yourself to let the ball go to the window, to type and smash gently and also to lob and play a lot of ball in the middle of the field between the two opposing players.

And of course, there is the possibility of taking some lessons in Spain to really learn the padel ... You are all welcome to Sanset.

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.