If last season, the first under the tutelage of the FFT, the clubs and players of the south of France were surprised by the dynamism and responsiveness of newcomers, including Lyonnais, it's a real "war" (friendly since sporting) that they will lead this season to find their places at the top of the rankings this season. And it must be recognized that during the two battles, men's and women's, the Padel Club de Lyon winter tournament in the trenches of Padel Central Lyon, the South won by KO!
First, the 16 and 17 last January is the male armada; General Jérôme Ferrandez (and his lieutenant Kévin Fouquet) reigning European champion and vice champion of France, in the lead who operated to a landing in force! In their wake, senior officers Laurent Boulade / Michael Kuzaj, Jeremy Ritz / Maxime Moreau, Pier Gauthier / Mathieu Barrot, Lionel Vinceguerra / Julien Otami, and Aurelian Grandmont / Gilles David have made a mouthful of local resistance.
Diminished by the desertions on wounds before the fight of their number 1 and 2 (Justin Lopes, Johan Bergeron) but also of always formidable "el Blanco" (serge Reisinger), the local battalion was led by Simon Desliens and Pierre Etienne Morillon. From the group stage, the southern bombardment is doing a lot of damage: most of the Lyonnaises forces are decimated. However, Arnaud Taboni / Romain Dubost Chavrier, David Miotto / Jean Yves Levrat, Clément Arcangelli / Alexandre Perilhon and Arnaud Chaffanjon / Laurent Bériard fall under the unstoppable attacks of the southern padel,
Only Jérôme Xambeu / Thomas Clément and the Desliens / Morillon leaders are on the ¼ finals front. The first will be coldly executed by Ritz / Moreau while the second will fight to the last point of the super tie break before giving up the weapons against Gauthier / Barrot.
It is therefore after fratricidal duels that Ferrandez / Fouquet will win winners of a late and truncated final after the injury of Michael Kusaj, marked by the intensity of previous fights.
If the strength of the experienced pairs of the south is obvious, there is no doubt that the artificers Lyonnais, complete this time, will have the heart to prove their value in subsequent clashes. Given the enthusiasm for this tournament (32 registered pairs) the dynamism of existing clubs (Master Padel Lyonnais, Lyon Fair), projects that materialize (St Priest, TCM5) and those in preparation (a large indoor club in the world). 'Est Lyonnais'), the delay in term of infrastructure and experience fills and if the South has won a battle, the Lyonnais have lost the war!
Jérôme Bécasset and Jean-Marc Hériard
Jérôme Béasset is the Paquito Navarro of the team Padel Magazine. Offensive on all topics of the padel world, he comes back on many topics with an ever-attentive eye.