Padel Magazine - Interview with Didier DESCHAMPS conducted by Kristina CLÉMENT on December 11, 2013 at the Royal Riviera Padel Club de Beausoleil after a fierce game of 2 hours of padel tennis and a radiant sun ...

Kristina CLÉMENT (KC) - When and how did you discover the padel? and or?

Didier DESCHAMPS (DD) - When? In Marseille, the first year I became an OM coach, by relationship, I did not know at all. I discovered in Cassis with Jacky (Editor's note: Jacky Barnault: the president of the Cassis club) and Jean-Pierre Bernès. They played a little bit there. So I started. I played tennis, but when you play padel, you can not play tennis anymore. I played a lot of tennis but now I play only padel because more playful and less traumatic.

KC - How often do you play?

DD - It depends. There, I have a frequency that allows me to play a little more. In Marseille it was a little more complicated. But I still played 2 3 times a week.

KC - What do you like in the padel?

DD - The playful side. It is the reading of the trajectories, to be able to play with the windows, to anticipate the trajectories. I was used, when I was young, to play trinquet, pelota basque. It looks a lot like it. It's a lot of anticipation, quite short distances.

KC - What are your strengths at the padel?

DD - The legs ... after technique, it can always be better, but I assume that no point is lost. Even the most unlikely balls, I think they are still playable.

KC - Are you rather player of right or left on the court?

DD - More left to have my forehand in the middle.

KC - What do you think is the most difficult thing in this sport?

DD - The smashes in the back position. When you have to "jump", because it's not easy to turn it down and because it pumps energy, so I tend to let them go rather than smash them.

KC - And the walls?

DD - The walls, no .... it's a pleasure ! There should be walls everywhere else!

KC - Have you ever attended professional circuit padel matches in Spain? (World Padel Tour).

DD - No. Never. I just played with some of the best French players who came to Cassis.

KC - As you know the padel is very developed in Spain with about 4 millions of practitioners. Do you think the padel will be able to have the same success one day in France?

DD - I think ... it's still unknown, but yes. In particular, I saw in cassis that there are many women who play also because it is less violent and it is playful. After, the difficulty is that you have to find 3 partners. In tennis, you only need one because you will play in singles. It's a bit more difficult. After in the clubs, where there are many members, it allows to have several possibilities to play.

KC - If you had to define the padel in a few words?

DD - Entertaining, playful, pleasure.

KC - Question wink: you know padel is a team sport. Is it easier to manage a team of 2 or 11?

DD - without any hesitation ... a team of 11 ... and even it is not 11 but 23!

Kristina Clément - Padel Magazine

Franck Binisti

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.