Just like in Polynesia, padel is booming in Guadeloupe. Indeed, the practice of our sport is developing rapidly in Guadeloupe and in the neighboring island of Saint-Martin. The proof in figures: in one year, we have gone from ten ranked players at the start of 2022 to more than 140 at present, i.e. 110 men and 34 women. However, the classified are only the tree that hides the forest: the number of practitioners is much greater, the majority not yet competing.
But in fact, the establishment of competitions has greatly contributed to the development of the padel, whether in Guadeloupe or Saint-Martin. In 2022, a women's team and a men's team took part in the French championships in Toulouse (see below). And qualifications will still be organized this year to send the best representatives of these French Caribbean lands to mainland France.
Only downside for the moment: there is not yet a professor of padel on the spot, which limits the progress of the players. Despite this, the average level is excellent and continues to improve.
Where to play in Guadeloupe and Saint-Martin
In terms of infrastructure, there is currently a club in Guadeloupe, located in the heart of the Tennis League complex, in Gosier, with two courts. In Saint-Martin, there is also a club, with a single pitch. However, on the Dutch side of the island, there is another club which is in full development, with four pitches and a school for young people. Competitions are regularly organized there, including an international senior tournament (ISPT).
Competitions are on the rise
After five tournaments organized since the end of October, either in Gosier or in Saint-Martin, one tournament per month will take place until next August. The categories range from the P100 to the P1000 (for the Guadeloupe championship in June), via the P250.
The next meeting will take place on March 18 and 19, before the Guadeloupe championships scheduled for the second half of June.
Here is an overview in pictures of the last mixed tournament organized in Le Gosier:
Remembering Toulouse 2022
We end this trip to Guadeloupe with a focus in images on the pairs that participated in the 2022 French championships in Toulouse: Lafouresse / Chenard for the ladies, Perez / Paul for the gentlemen.
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After 40 years of tennis, Jérôme falls into the pot of padel in 2018. Since then, he thinks about it every morning while shaving… but never shaves pala in hand! Journalist in Alsace, he has no other ambition than to share his passion with you, whether you speak French, Italian, Spanish or English.