French tennis legend, Fabrice Santoro swapped the tennis racket for that of padel on the occasion of the first edition of the Personalities Trophy, organized by Lagardère Paris Racing and the Imagine Institute. Even on the courts of padel, the former champion is still faithful to his atypical style of play.

Le padel came naturally

"I have many friends who play tennis who started playing padel. I play much less often than them, it remains occasional, but at least once a month. It's very nice, fun, and I really enjoy it. I don't know my style of play yet, so I let myself be guided by my partners who put me on the left most of the time. "

"I still do a lot of two-handed backhands. Afterwards, I don't play like a real player padel in the sense that I like to be at the net all the time, even when normally I should be behind. I love doing reflex volleys. I want to have fun first."

A mixed doubles title at Roland-Garros but this time at padel ?

"Why not. Well, I need to progress and play more regularly. Today, I have a very good partner, my friend David (Marouni), who plays three, four times a week. These will be my first competitive matches. I've never done it."

For a first, Fabrice Santoro and David Marouani won during this personalities tournament organized by Lagardère Paris Racing and the Imagine Institute, facing journalist Julien Benedetto and former tennis player Cédric Pioline.

Vincent Gallie

A fan of oval football, round ball but also racket sports, he was stung by the padel during his adolescence in Galicia. As comfortable in front of the camera as behind a microphone, Vince will be able to bring his vision and expertise as a fan of the little yellow ball.