Gaël Monfils is passionate about padel. For years, they practice this sport, especially in Switzerland. During a second interview at Central Padel Lyon, he explains his attraction to the net. He, the player of the baseline. And you will see that the padel can be an exercise for tennis players!
Who would have thought you were a volleyball player ?
Yes ! I am surprised myself (Laughter). It must be said that padel is a sport where you have no choice. You have to go to the net. And it's true that in tennis, I do not necessarily have the game or the opportunities to go. So, the padel, is a sport that can have a positive impact on my tennis to the extent that opportunities to go on the fly in tennis are less numerous than padel.
Can we say that you are in tennis training here?
I think the padel is a form of playful training for tennis because there are nevertheless a lot of points in common between these two sports: the rebound, the ball, the technique, some net placements. It's a good way to change the air. But this sport is a big hit especially when you play with Robin Haziza!
This is not a first at the padel?
I already play in Switzerland at the padel. I would like to do more, but there is also the professional tennis career. We can not do everything thoroughly either. But the padel is a good and smart way to have fun while remaining in a certain way in the lap of tennis by working his volley, his footwork, etc.
We have already talked about it. But we felt breathless after the last game ...
Well with Robin, I played a lot. And I can tell you that there are times when you need a little time before starting again. The exchanges last much longer and at the same time our opponents are a few meters from us. So, you have to be very dynamic on the legs at all times to avoid being caught. One of the differences between paddle and tennis is the waiting time between points and the duration of these points. The points last longer and at the same time, you have less time between the points to follow. At times, it's almost immediate. But I love this ! At least, it goes together and we can have good sessions.
Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Pyramid Club in 2009 in the Paris region. Since then padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France by going to cover the big French paddle events.