We attended this at the semi-finals of the FIP Gold Mexico, with the hope of seeing Blanqué/Guichard and/or Tison/Geens reach the final of the tournament.

Unfortunately, despite two remarkable performances, the two pairs had to bow in three sets.

Iván Ramirez Del Campo (32ᵉ in the FIP ranking) and Gonzalo Rubio (28ᵉ in the FIP ranking) were the big favorites of the competition. However, the Spaniards almost fell to the 5th seed in the main draw, made up of Belgian Clément Geens (148ᵉ FIP) and French number 1 Benjamin Tison (66ᵉ FIP). We really believed in it when the Franco-Belgian pair won the first set in the tie-break (8/6). The match was particularly tense, but the favorites were able to regain the advantage, winning the next two sets 6/4 6/4.

In the second semi-final, the 100% French pair made up of Bastien Blanqué (142ᵉ FIP) and Dylan Guichard (151ᵉ FIP), seemed to have the advantage against the 17th pair of the tournament, that formed by the Argentinians Nicolas Crosio (293ᵉ FIP) and Gustavo Ariel Aguirre (401ᵉ FIP). Not necessarily present in international tournaments, the Argentinians remain a safe bet, they who notably released the seeded 3 of the competition, Iriart / Perez Cabeza.

In this semi-final, we were treated to an intense match. Blanqué and Guichard once again delivered a very good performance. We even felt that they were physically slightly above. Nevertheless, they lost in three sets: 7/6, 4/6, 6/3.

The final, which took place late at 20:30 p.m. local time, crowned Rubio/Ramirez against Crosio/Aguirre in three sets, 6/7, 7/5, 6/0. The Argentinian pair was one step away from winning this FIP GOLD. But in the third set, a physical failure cost him dearly, giving victory to the Spaniards.

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.