Sometimes ideas are stubborn! Many racquet sports fans have declared that tennis player Gaël Monfils is the World Champion of padel.

Although the Frenchman is indeed very good with any racket, he has never been World Champion in padel, has never been a professional padel, and has not yet entered regularly on the French circuit, even if he has already made a few appearances, notably in Lyon.

On the other hand, Gaël Monfils was World Champion of paddle tennis, a sport mainly practiced in the United States and which has nothing to do with padel (despite some similarities). In 2006, after being eliminated in a tennis tournament in Las Vegas, Gaël Monfils participated in the World Paddle Tennis Championship and won!

However, this has nothing to do with the padel. Indeed, paddle tennis is a sport that is played on a smaller court but without walls and which can be played 1 against 1. A sort of mini-tennis then!

Franck Binisti

Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Club des Pyramides in 2009 in the Paris region. Since padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France going to cover the major events of padel French.