Constance Vercamer, host on M Radio, shares her story with us padel, a sport increasingly practiced in the world of media.

Not easy to find partners in 2020…

“My first meeting with the padel dates back to the summer of 2020, during a stay with friends in Malta. They offered me to try this sport that I didn't know at all. They told me it was a bit of a mix between squash and tennis, and as I have always liked racquet sports, I wanted to try it. And from the first time, I loved it because it's super fun, and you can play quite easily if you've played racket sports. It made me want to continue doing it when I returned to France. But when I arrived, I talked about it to those around me to find partners, except that almost no one knew. It was a sport that was still little-known; there were very few centers in the Paris region.

I had to go all the way to 93 to be able to play padel, which was quite far from home since I live in 78! So I discovered the padel to three other friends since as you know it takes four to play a game, and they loved it, which meant that we continued to go and play together. Afterwards we discovered that there was another center closer to home, in Plaisir. That’s when we said to ourselves that we were going to get a license to be able to play all year round.”

Upcoming tournaments?

“I'm not planning to register for tournaments at the moment because I think I should take lessons first. Even though I have been practicing for three years padel quite regularly, I feel that I lack technique. I learn it padel self-taught, but I still lack things to master before going further. Afterwards, do I really have time to play tournaments? I don’t think so, but in any case, it’s a sport that I want to continue practicing in the future.”

Le padel in the media world

“In the media world, there are a lot of people playing games padel, I do not know why. At Plaisir I don't find many people from the radio because they generally play elsewhere. I am thinking in particular of Cyril Hanouna or to “Cartman” who is a host on Fun Radio and who is also a fan of padel. But me in 78, I don't come across many media personalities. 

Constance Vercamer

I often talk about padel on the air because we have a bit of a role to play, and my co-host is not at all sporty, while I am a little more so. Every time he likes to tease me about the fact that I went to play padel on the weekend so that allows me to talk about it. And then he often asks me to explain the padel because it’s true that it still remains a relatively unknown sport. To explain it quite simply, I always say it’s a mix between squash and tennis.”

Difficulties with the windows?

“The technical aspect that I find particularly difficult to master is returning the ball to the opponent's side by tapping on the glass (the counterpaired). I say that simply because I have small arms, but little by little, I'm starting to understand the shot, especially hitting the ball lower to make it go higher. But it's true that when we lack strength in padel, It is not always obvious."

Dorian Massy

New follower of padel, I am fascinated by this dynamic sport which combines strategy and agility. I find in the padel a new passion to explore and share with you on Padel Magazine.