Padel Magazine - We have been talking about the Padel in France, its events, its tournaments, etc. You asked us to do more by providing reports outside of France ...
Let's go to Portugal and its capital. Land that has just hosted the WPT Lisbon and where the Portuguese have had the chance to see a final between the numbers 1 and 2 worldwide this Sunday 13 October 2013.
But back to the Alcantara club. Jacques Darmon, our reporter, was able to see with his own eyes this club located under this famous bridge known to all Portuguese: "The 25 April Bridge".
First, the first thing that surprises is the situation of the land in relation to the bridge. A gigantic bridge.
The yard is also impressive and can play without problem height.
Jacques Darmon testifies:
I spent a week in Lisbon and I discovered this club on the banks of the Tagus, in the rather trendy district of Alcantara, under the huge suspension bridge of "April 25".
It is the Alcantara padel club.
I met Joao the manager who invited me to the surprise tournament which takes place in summer every Thursday.
Arrived at 22:00, I was the 12e no one to introduce me. We should not be surprised at the late hour; in Portugal, playing at 22 p.m. is a trivial time.
Joao forms 6 pairs and immediately organizes the club's weekly internal tournament. The matches are played in a winning set. We had better get up to speed quickly.
But, I've been teaming up with Pedro a club player for a year and we're doing a good job. We get along well and we have fun. That is the demand of the people ?
Unfortunately, after three trying sets, we just lost in the semi-finals….
This evening ends at 01 am. Warm and welcoming atmosphere, great people and an ideal setting, all of this in the most lenient weather.
I would have stayed another week, just to hit the "little" yellow ball again, but all good things come to an end ...
A big thank you to joao for his kindness ...
I'll be back.
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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.