The French Tennis Federation has announced the players who will make up the French team for the European Championships Padel 2024 in Cagliari (Italy). Robin Haziza explained to Padel Magazine the reasons for these choices.

No debate for the first 6 selected

“The choice of selection was made as follows. No debate on the first six selected, namely Alix, Léa, Carla, Jess, Charlotte, Soubrié and Lucile.

Then there were five girls who could fight for two places. And it should be emphasized, this means that the average level is increasing and that there are more and more players who are giving themselves the means to play, perform and one day be in the French team.

There was obviously Fiona Ligi and Camille Sireix. Then, the competing players were Louise Bahurel, Wendy Barsotti for the right and Élodie Invernon for the left, knowing that Louise could also play on the left.

For Louise's case, we felt with Benjamin Tison and Pablo Ayma that it was a little too early for her, especially if she wants to position herself on the right or the left. After the course, it seemed logical to us to integrate it into this first course, but it was still a little early for the European Championships.

We are counting on her for the future, as soon as possible, but it will depend on her performance, her ability to work and improve her physique in particular. Wendy had a very good start to the season playing a lot internationally.

Unfortunately for her, Fiona also performed very well, not only in France but also internationally. And we all know Fiona's grin in high-level matches and her ability to never disappoint in the French team. Fiona therefore has this history in the French team in her favor. Concerning Élodie and Camille, the choice was as difficult as for Wendy and Fiona.”

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“We favored novelty”

“Nevertheless, we favored novelty. Elodie played a lot this season but without convincing results. Camille brings a new freshness, she trains a lot and has a good project, similar to that of Élodie.

However, she performed better, both in France and internationally, with better results than Élodie.

The idea is not to tell Élodie that her journey with the French team is over, but to work for the next events and the World Championships. We opted for something new with a player who is very comfortable at the net, combative, with characteristics similar to those of a player like Carla or Alix when they were just starting out.

It was therefore logical for us to integrate Camille into this French team. The end result is a very strong team. With Alix Collombon and Léa Godallier, Carla Touly and Jessica Ginier, we have two very good teams in the lead. We also have Charlotte Soubrié and Lucile Pothier who have historically been numbers 1 or 2 in the French team, since Charlotte has always played with Alix, and Lucile with Jess has never disappointed in the French team.

So we have a very interesting third pair. Fiona and Camille also have a role to play. Fiona can seek a starting place, and Camille must be ready to step in at any time. We have, in my opinion, a group full of experience, freshness, new things and who work hard, with players who train a lot and have played a lot this year. It’s very positive.”

Franck Binisti

Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Club des Pyramides in 2009 in the Paris region. Since padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France going to cover the major events of padel French.