Of the fifteen Tricolores entered in the first round of the FIP Rise of Burriana, five managed to be invited to the second round: Touly/GInier among the Ladies, Guichard/Blanqué among the gentlemen. Thomas Leygue is already in the quarter-finals with his Spanish partner Alvaro Montiel.

A victory counts double for Leygue/Montiel

The French number one Thomas Leygue and his teammate Alvaro Montiel entered their tournament perfectly with an easy victory against Lopez/Mohindra 6/3 – 6/0. What the number three seeds later learned was that the two teams they could have faced in the second round – Arredondo/Martinez and the Tricolores Moreau/De Meyer – had withdrawn from the competition.

The two men are therefore already qualified for the quarter-finals and will wait until tomorrow afternoon to return to the field. They will face either the Spanish pair Collado/Santigosa, or the Argentinians Exequiel et Federico Mourino (TS6).

Also among the outsiders this week, Dylan Guichard et Bastien Blanqué almost fell by the wayside as soon as they entered the fray. Trailing a set to nothing, the French had to work hard to get by against the Spaniards Aymerich/Tur 4/6 – 6/1 – 6/4. They will face a new Iberian pair, Martinez/Garcia tomorrow morning at 9am.

At the top of the table, Arthur Hugounenq et Manuel Vivès will not afford a dream second round against the tournament favorites, Ignatius Piotto et Denis Perino. The Blues lost 6/4 – 6/4 against Adrian Rodriguez et Matias Nicoletti.

Carla Touly and Jessica Ginier alone survivors

Among the Ladies, Carla Toully et Jessica Ginier are the only French women who will taste the second round tomorrow in Burriana. The two players easily disposed of Natividad Lopez et Cayetana Sanchez in two sets, 6/3 – 6/2. They will challenge the Italian pair Baldi/Dal Pozzo tomorrow morning in second rotation.

Elodie Invernon et Fiona Ligi were all close to the feat at the start of the afternoon. Opposed to the favorites in the table, Nuria Vivancos et Amanda Lopez, the French had gotten the best start by winning the first round. The Spanish held on to win in three sets, 2/6 – 7/5 – 6/4.

Regrets that can be shared Charlotte Soubrié et Lucile Pothier. The Blues had managed to equalize with one set everywhere against Castro/Atencia, before breaking down in the last act, 6/3 – 4/6 – 6/2.

Marianne Vandaele et Amelie Detriviere unfortunately suffered a similar fate. Coming from the qualifications, the two women gave everything to continue their journey in Burriana. However, they were defeated at the end of the suspense by the Spanish Camila Fassio et Claudia Escacena, 6/4 – 3/6 – 7/5.

The tournament continues tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. with the second round, then the quarter-finals in the afternoon.

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!