Padel Magazine - Your padel-only site gives voice to its readers. Jérôme Becasset who will have the chance to enjoy the Padel Central in Lyon soon and faithful reader of Padel Magazine, we share his passion for this sport through his holidays in Spain at the camping / spa of the Natura Resort in Peñiscola more than 200 km south of Barcelona.
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Today at the campsite, it's padel tournament!
About thirty players and 13 players 60 years, sports or not, all Spanish except one French: your servant, holding the title in the company of local Vincente!
Well at the same time, we are in Spain, far enough from the border and as a Facebook friend told me last week: "Huh? What is the padel? And why windows around the tennis court? ".
The road is still long and endless to catch up in France; Here, it is primarily cultural. Each home has its padel racket (s) at home, everyone knows the rules and already play at least once at school, in the airy center or at the campsite, and you can find clubs everywhere ... And the World Padel Tour (WPT) is broadcast on TV, it's a dream ... For the side a bit exclusive and cultural, it could be compared to petanque at home, the anisette between two parties and the belly that exceeds in less . Though….
For my part, I discovered this sport and fell in love with it during my first stay there 3 years. My 30 / 3 leftovers in tennis with a good volley, a precise hit kick, an exclusive chopped backhand that was a brake on tennis, will be my strengths at the padel! An 6-0 6-0 sheet received from the hands of two accustomed locals will convince me at the time of the utility to play well with the windows ....
The campsite has its own track, admittedly not well maintained, but once the net is stretched correctly, only 4 players, balls and rackets are missing to start ....
José, the usual sports presenter, will be the referee-player-ball-collector. The drawing of the draw will be rather sketchy since the matches are done in the order of registration, and we will fill the holes of the table by voluntary losers! We will play in 3 winning games without heating up to stay at the best in the schedules imposed by the animation schedule. Not right to miss a game or two to catch up: later, it will be too late!
The top of the table will therefore consist of players in sportswear with their beautiful branded racquets and the bottom mainly tourists in tong and shirtless playing with the racket that the neighbor wants to lend him by completing with the first group caught . But everyone will have fun, this sport does not exclude anyone and allows these two categories to have fun together. Which makes it a success here and no doubt in France very soon.
In the end the results are not very important. A father and his son will spend a round in perfect complicity, a couple will laugh at his own failures and a little Frenchman will keep his title after a half and a very tactical final, and after two first rounds where he just had to push the ball once more than the opponent.
Victory! Here I am double holder of the title of "champion camping"!
The appetite coming from eating, while taking advantage of the few remaining days of vacation and the padel tournament on Monday when I would be abroad again, cut down sharply the return and opening of Padel Central Lyon to finally transform this summer love in real long term relationship!
Your servant, Jérôme Becasset
Jérôme Béasset is the Paquito Navarro of the team Padel Magazine. Offensive on all topics of the padel world, he comes back on many topics with an ever-attentive eye.