Gabi Reca is a professional padel player who has retired from the circuit. Faithful to his Bullpadel brand, he is today promoting our sport. At the microphone of Padel Mag, Gabi Reca announces her projects.
The first objective of this academy is to develop padel and help train players around the world. Whether in the Bullpadel center of Madrid or in the clubs, there is the possibility that we come as close as possible to the enthusiasts to give the keys to success.
How will Bullpadel be organized?
The idea is to have 3 reference clubs. One club with Manu Martín, another with Xema Montes and the third with Rodrigo Ovide. Thanks to these 3 clubs, Spanish and foreign players will be able to come to one of these “houses” to train.
Gabi Reca retired. Why ?
I'm 45 years old and I couldn't find a partner with whom I had fun on the track. I could have gone on and maybe won a table match or two, but I made my decision. Today I take great pleasure in teaching and discovering padel.
Your game is a fine, precise game with a lot of control. Is this type of game going to disappear?
No, because there are still players, both experienced like Bela, and young people like Coki Nieto, who are very defensive and who find themselves at the top of the ranking. The most important thing is the concept of play. If you put one more ball than your opponent, you win the point.
A few years ago it was said that we should let the ball pass. Today it seems that we should play fast, without letting it pass?
No, I don't think so, because if the players do not let the ball pass, they will always find themselves defending without the possibility of counter-attacking. Playing comfortable means knowing how to play with the windows.
If padel enthusiasts wish to train with you, Gabi Reca, how is it going?
I am not alone. We are based in Madrid and little by little we (Bullpadel) are going to train teachers to be able to teach in all countries.
Your relationship with France?
I have been present several times in the south of France. If necessary, I will go back. Today I am in Madrid where we have received French instructors in training, and where I train one of the promises of the French and international padel, Thomas Leygue. He lives in Madrid and it is a pleasure to work with him.
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