Padel Magazine - We have been talking about the Padel in France for several months, its events, tournaments, etc. You asked us to do more by offering reports outside 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 could see with his own eyes this club located under this famous bridge known to all Portuguese: '' The bridge of 25 April ''.
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 discovered this club on the banks of the Tagus, in the rather trendy area of Alcantara, under the huge suspension bridge of the '' 25 April ''.
This is the padel club of Alcantara.
I met Joao the manager who invited me to the surprise tournament which takes place in summer every Thursday.
At 22h00, I was the 12e no one to introduce myself. We must not be surprised at the late hour; in Portugal, playing 22h is an ordinary hour.
Joao forms 6 pairs and organizes in the process the weekly internal tournament of the club. Matches are played in a winning set. We have better be quickly in the game.
But, I have teamed with Pedro a club player for a year and we are doing a good job. We get along well and have fun. That is the demand of the people ?
Unfortunately, after three grueling sets, we bowed little in the semifinals ....
This evening ends at 01 AM. Warm and warm atmosphere, great people and an ideal setting, all this under a weather can not be more lenient.
I would have stayed one more week, just to type the "little" yellow ball, but all good things have 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.