This Saturday, the Lyonnais league once again trusted the Padel Club de Lyon to receive on the facilities of Padel Central Lyon, the inter-regional qualifying championship for the French championships, grouping together the Leagues of Lyonnais, Dauphiné Savoie and Corsica.
Unfortunately, even before the start of the games, the first disappointment: there will be no Corsican teams. The quack of their regional tournament deemed illegal last year seems to have left its mark on the island of beauty ...
The only Saturday afternoon was enough to get the final result.
In the men's category, given the caliber of the Lyonnais entries with no more and no less than the French N ° 1 in the FFT ranking Justin Lopes associated with François Authier (N ° 9) and the French N ° 1 pair Pierre Etienne Morillon (N ° 2 ) / Johan Bergeron (N ° 2), the 2 Grenobloise teams clearly positioned themselves as outsider for the race for qualification. The density of Padel Lyonnais even left on the side a European champion with the France team last December, Simon Desliens, third without demerit in the regional championship in June.
For their part, for lack of approved infrastructure, the padel is slow to take off in the Dauphiné Savoie league. However, projects are underway. The best pairs of Dauphinoises must therefore come to harden up and train in the Lyon region, which is much better supplied. What the pairs Alexandre Périlhon / Jean Charles Colas Roy and Olivier Chaix / Clément Arcangelli do diligently.
It is therefore with the experience of their participation in the finals in 2015 for the first named and a valiant foolproof for the second, they went to fight.
Alas for them, the ogres Lyonnais left them only crumbs and it is for the 3th place that they clashed, Perilhon / Colas Roy confirming their regional title (7-5 6-3).
After having qualified sharply against the Grenoble, the 2 pairs Lyonnaises made the show for the 1ère place. As in June in the final of the league championships it took a great tie-break to decide between them. But this time it's Lopes / Authier who come out victorious and take their revenge (4-6 6-3 10-5).
On the women's side, there was also a gap on the paper between the experienced Virginie Pironneau / Carol Ann Lovera, who were selected many times in France and the talented Alix Collombon / Jessica Ginier on the Lyonnais side against the young Grenobloises. .
No suspense here either with only 2 games left by the Lyonnaises in 8 played games ... .. Come to learn, Alexandra Mohen / Delphine Boulle take the third place against Margaux Ravix / Marion Solli (6-1 6-1).
For first place, the experience and talent of Pironneau / Lovera still leave behind the ardor and energy of Collombon / Ginier (6-4 6-1). The latter, barely 20 years old, have enormous potential which only requires a little work on the track to explode. Despite everything, the gap with the best is narrowing every day and they should hurt more than one in Lille….
If the pairs from the south are still slightly superior for both men and women, the 4 Gones and 4 Fenottes (local children in Lyonnais slang) trained hard all year round, especially in Spain for Bergeron / Morillon and are no longer very far from the French top level. They will be keen to show it during the final stages of the French championship in Lille in 3 weeks.
Jérôme Bécasset - PADEL MAGAZINE
Jérôme Béasset is the Paquito Navarro of the team Padel Magazine. Offensive on all subjects of the world of padel, he returns to many subjects with an always discerning eye.