The new President of the French Tennis Federation, Bernard Giudicelli, talks about the policy he wants to implement around the padel.

The padel, already a long story ...

Indeed, I discovered the padel many years ago by Jean-Noël Grinda who worked for its integration into the FFT. I must pay tribute to him for his action. I had tried in 2011 Llerida dams lost against Spain Fed Cup. Not a good memory ... of the meeting is heard.

As a former President of the Ligue Corse, I could see that the padel could be a very interesting sport to develop, even if there is still a lot to do and the padel starts slowly in Corsica.

Padel a good thing for tennis?

Like all racket sports, the padel sharpens the eye and shapes the hand without which there is no skill ball game. This faculty and capacity are quite transferable from one to the other. I also like, as for the beach, its spectacular character and intensity sometimes higher than tennis given the size of the terrain occupied by both players. This feeling that the point survives each exchange is exciting.

What is the program for the padel?

To develop a sport, you need an event. We are going to build a site somewhere in France and organize the French Open from Padel. Then, the digital transition will allow us to better identify the places of practice and the practitioners to develop a sporting heritage in our leagues. Finally, within the framework of the master plans for the development of the practice signed with the regions, we will help the construction of courts of Padel everywhere in the territory. Building 1000 during the term would be a good start.

Do you think that one elected around the padel could be a good thing?

Yes it is Gwenola Fouillet who will be responsible for thinking about this in the framework of the High Council of Tennis to start. She will be in touch with Patricia Froissart, the vice-president in charge of the competition on the executive committee.

Could we see the formation of a padel training?

Jean Wallach, who was General Delegate for Training, was given the task of creating a training institute for tennis professions. As soon as we have laid the foundations for this institute, it will start work and a PADEL certificate is possible by next year.

Interview by Franck Binisti

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.