Triple champion of France with Johan Bergeron, Bastien Blanqué has decided to bet on the future by partnering with Thomas Leygue from this year.

Bastien Blanqué: a new challenge

Looking for a new partner since the end of his collaboration with Johan Bergeron, himself in search of new challenges, Bastien Blanqué took the time this winter to study the different possibilities available to him.

Objective number 1 remains the World Padel Tour with a lot of ambitions this year. But I wanted a new Challenge to play on the French circuit. I had several possible "choices".

For example, I could have teamed up with Jérémy Scatena, but we don't live in the same city and that seemed complicated to me to organize in the short term.

There was also the option of playing with Robin Haziza, who could represent safety with all his experience. But I finally chose to challenge myself alongside Thomas Leygue.

By choosing his young compatriot to accompany him on the French circuit, the Madrid circuit and the FIP circuit, Bastien Blanqué is choosing youth and stability.

"The idea is to build a long-term project. We have known each other for several years and we get along very well.

We are among the youngest players on the French circuit (25 years for Bastien Blanqué and 19 years for Thomas Leygue) and I think our team has potential. ”

Blanqué / Leygue: once rivals, now partners

Rivals on the circuit for several years but never yet associated in the field, the two players, who have already shared a few sessions with the French team during the European Championships in Italy in 2019, will meet in early February to prepare together for the 2021 season. .

We will surely start with a week of training in Toulouse with my coach Ramiro Choya, before leaving all together for Madrid to meet the rest of the team,

explains Bastien Blanqué, who is currently focusing on physical preparation in Toulouse.

Thomas will join me in Ramiro Choya's training group in Madrid, he will also have the opportunity to have access to the whole team around me.

He is a young player with a lot of potential who can become very strong by structuring himself. 

If they want to make their common project long-term by avoiding putting too much pressure on themselves, Bastien Blanqué and Thomas Leygue, respectively 3e and 11e French players, however, do not lack ambition.

 We are going on a project of at least two or three years, hoping to be champions of France during this period and then we will see how things will evolve. We want to offer a padel modern (more physical, dynamic and airy on both sides), as is done more and more on the WPT ...

If they do not yet know the date of their debut together in competition, the two players intend to align (and shine) together on the French circuit, the Madrid circuit and the FIP circuit from the start of the 2021 season, i.e. very soon if the health situation allows it.

Franck Binisti

Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Club des Pyramides in 2009 in the Paris region. Since padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France going to cover the major events of padel French.