We had the chance to interview Benjamin Tison, who is starting his first full-time season in Spain, in Barcelona, ​​where he lives with his partner Jérémy Scatena.

Padel Magazine : First, how was your start to the year in Barcelona, ​​do you regret having expatriated?

Benjamin Tison: Not at all, on the contrary, I'm really lucky to be able to live from my passion. In Barcelona it's great, I'm in the group of Pablo Ayma, Xavi Figols, Nicolas Gavino, my training conditions are perfect. I also have as physical trainer Alex Lleaio, and I am followed by Jean Michel Pecquery for the mental part. A team worthy of a professional, it only remains for me to progress!

PM: Regarding your partner, Jérémy Scatena, you live together, you train together, how is cohabitation? He is preparing you to good breakfasts ?

BT: OIf we have made a strong choice, we have to support each other all day long, we cannot do otherwise 🙂 But it is going very well, we are very close and we know how to say things when things are not going well. Breakfast and everything else, Scat cooks as well as it smashes, so we're doing fine!

PM: Marbella didn't really go the way you wanted, not too disappointed?

BT: Inevitably a little, we had a good picture being top seed 8 of the preprevias but we didn't know how to take advantage of it. Our opponents have already played well (Bastien Blanqué and Javier de Paiz), Andt we passed by with a lot of lost decisive points. But it is only the beginning and I am sure that we will play well together! 🙂

PM: Speaking of decisive points, can you give us your opinion on the “punto de oro”? Not too difficult to choose the turner?

BT: For me it's a bit shame, because even if it adds to the spectacle, I find that it levels a little. There should be more surprises in my opinion. Regarding our pair it is rather me who will return because it is one of my strengths!

PM: You did not have a coach in Marbella, do you think that the teams which are coached in tournament leave with a big advantage?

BT: On was followed by Pablo Ayma at Burriana, and it is clearly an extremely important thing that is one of the big details that can make the difference at high level.

PM: What do you think of the overall level in Spain? Were you surprised when you arrived?

BT: it maybe a little self-confident but no I already suspected the level. And we see that more and more French are at the level. There is a huge gap with the very best and it is on that the average level is very strong, but we are gradually catching up.

PM: Finally, it's topical, with the coronavirus impossible to play padel, did you still stay in Barcelona?

BT: Oui I stayed in Barcelona and it is terrible for me not to be able to move because as many know I do not know how to hold on. Finally it is especially annoying for the people who live with me, Scat and Johan (Bergeron), who can no longer bear me! (laughs) But good health first and foremost and we must try to respect the rules imposed for our own good and above all to resolve this problem as quickly as possible.

Xan is a padel fan. But also rugby! And his posts are just as punchy. Physical trainer of several padel players, he finds atypical posts or deals with current topics. It also gives you some tips to develop your physique for padel. Clearly, he imposes his offensive style as on the padel field!