Andres Fernandez Lancha and Alejandro Jerez Carnero are young Spanish prodigies, present at the FIP Rise in Bourg-en-Bresse. Seed number 1 in the qualifications, they won against Baptiste Moura and Simon Wagner, 6 / 0 6 / 3, even if the French are nevertheless qualified for the final table. At the end of the meeting against the French pair, Andres and Alejandro looked back on their meeting and their careers at the microphone of Padel Magazine.
A good match despite difficult conditions
Alejandro : Overall, the match went well. We started very well in the first set. But I think that in the second set, we dropped the intensity a little. And in the end, it is reflected a little in the result.
They played a bit of a messy game and that was a bit detrimental to us. But they hit the balls every time and they didn't go out so we could regain the advantage. This allowed us to play our game. And with the cold it is here, we had to work on the point a lot. So we did it, as best we could.
Getting used to the climate
Andrew : In Norway, it was also quite cold outside the club. But it's true that here, the temperature on the track is quite low, unlike in Norway. So the ball came out a lot less, the travel cost us a little more, we needed time to warm up a little. So yes, it was quite different from our last tournament in Norway.
Alejandro : When it's hotter, normally we hit more and we try to make the opponents play a lot more from below. And when they hit the ball and they make a mistake, we have to be prepared to win the point behind. And when it's cold, like here, we work more on the points, with bandejas. And then, we wait for a good ball to be able to win the point.
Le padel, a passion since childhood
Andrew : In my case, I play padel since I was a kid. I think I was five when I started. Since then, I only play padel, even if I like to play other sports. It was my father who started and made me want to play, but we are the only two in the family who play.
Alejandro : For my part, I first started playing tennis when I was four or five years old and continued until I was ten. Then I started combining the two sports. And when I was eleven, I preferred to continue with the padel because I liked it more. Today I'm eighteen, so it's been seven years since I played padel and that I enjoy training more every day.
A collaboration made to last?
Andrew : Ale and I have known each other for three years and I was warned that this boy played very well. So, I had it in mind. We played together for the first time in a tournament in April, but basically it was temporary. But then we decided to play together more often.
We are in three tournaments together. In the first tournament, everything was generally good. In Norway, it was very good, we lost in the final while having a quality tournament. We are both very strong and comfortable. And each time, we try to give the best of ourselves.
Alejandro : We would like to continue playing together. But we'll see, we take things tournament by tournament. In the end, it also depends on factors that we cannot control. In one tournament, things can go very well and in another, be catastrophic. Then, he is in Madrid and I am in Malaga. But we always try to meet up a few days before the tournaments.
From amateur to professional
Andrew : The past few years have been a bit complicated since I started the professional circuit. As a result, it's more difficult to seek victories. But it’s true that between 2018 and 2019, I won a few small tournaments.
Alejandro : We hope that our future will be good. But for now, we still lack a little experience, to play a few tournaments. For example, we play against young people aged 20 or younger who have many more professional tournaments than us. And in the end, on important balls and plays, it shows. So we have to continue to fight and work.
Andrew : When we are young, we play for fun. And when you start doing more big tournaments, it's more difficult. We do a lot of tournaments, it can be harder mentally. And in the end, you just have to accept that there will be good tournaments, then less good ones, but that on Monday, you have to be in training.
Andres Fernandez Lancha and Alejandro Jerez Carnero will play today against Johan Bergeron and Maxime Moreau…
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