After yesterday's quarter-finals, there are no more French people left competing at the FIP Promotion in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, for both Men and Women.

De Meyer/Figuerola on the verge of going far

Dorian DeMeyer had a perfect start to the week next to Guillem Figuerola Santiago (232nd in the world). The two men easily won their first two rounds with a score of 6/0 – 6/0. In the quarter-finals, the team seeded number seven had a tough time facing the number two seed: Sergio Icardo (104e) and Francisco Jurado Sosa (473e).

The Franco-Spanish pair got off to a very bad start in the first set (6/1), before reacting perfectly in the second set (6/2). However, De Meyer and Figuerola were unable to maintain their momentum and lost in the last act: 6/1 – 2/6 – 6/2. A defeat synonymous with frustration for the French who would have benefited from a very advantageous draw in the last four to potentially play for the title.

An infuriating package for Touly and Fito Fernandez

Among the Ladies, disappointment was also expected for Carla Toully. Number one seed in the table with Carla Fito Fernandez (93rd), the Frenchwoman got off to a good start in her tournament with a success over the Spaniards Musial/Donate (6/2 – 6/4).

While the quarter-final against Dilara Torssel and Jessica Palma La Cruz looked very well, the Habs' partner, Carla Fito Fernandez, suffered food poisoning. The two players still tried, but they were forced to give up after losing the first set (6/4 – ab.).

A week of FIP which ends in blood sausage, but which will quickly give way to a new vintage of FIP tournaments where the French delegation will be very present, like Dorian De Meyer and Carla Touly at the Burriana FIP Rise.

Martin Schmuda

A competitive tennis player, Martin discovered the padel in 2015 in Alsace and appeared in a few tournaments in Paris. Today a journalist, he deals with current affairs padel while continuing its rise in the world of the little yellow ball!