The boundaries of this sport are constantly being redefined. Clear proof is the installation of a track padel at the López Palace, the sumptuous Presidential Palace of the Paraguayan government in Asuncion, classified as a “Treasure of the Material Cultural Heritage of Asunción”.

Imagine Emmanuel Macron playing padel during his free time at the Élysée Palace with his team. What is fiction in France is now reality in Paraguay.

Santiago Peña, the President of the Republic of Paraguay, is an avid fan of padel, to the point of having had a track built within the Presidential Palace itself. On the occasion of the A1 Padel Asuncion Open, Fabrice Pastor, the CEO of the circuit, as well as Maxi Arce and Franco Dal Bianco, the number ones on the circuit, inaugurated this field in the presence of the president.

More than just a player, Santiago Peña is a true fan of padel. This was evident during the Open that took place this week in Asuncion, where he was present with his team, made up of César Ramírez, the Minister of Sports, Camilo Pérez, the president of the Paraguayan Olympic Committee, and Víctor Pecci, national advisor for sports, to attend the final.

From a sporting point of view, Juani De Pascual and Gonzalo Alfonso beat the number ones on the circuit, Maxi Arce and Franco Dal Bianco 6/2 6/4. For Alfonso/De Pascual, it is already their third title of the season. They are the only pair who managed, this season, to beat Maxi Arce and Franco Dal Bianco in the final.

Thanks to our friends at “Relevo” for the information and images.

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.