Padel Magazine - At the beginning of December 2013, while in Serbia as a commentator for the handball world championships, Valérie Nicolas, goalkeeper of the France team for more than 10 years and world champion with France in 2003, named best player and goalkeeper of the world in 2003 and best goalkeeper of the world in 2007, honors Padel Magazine to answer our questions about padel and her impressions of this sport that she enjoys so much.
Padel Magazine (PM) - When and how did you discover padel? How often do you play and where?
Valérie Nicolas (VN) - In 2012 at Jean Noel Grinda (Editor's note: president of the FF Padel) in Nice. I can play 1-2 once in a week when my job allows it.
PM - What do you like in the padel?
VN - It plays fast on a small space by team of 2, The anticipation of blows. It's fun, easy to understand.
Even beat on the fly, the shot is not over because the ball comes back into play with the window or grid
PM - Are you more of a player on the right or left on the court?
VN - I play most often on the right
PM - Do your experience / skills as a handball guard help you paddle?
VN - Yes, a little bit about placements and reading trajectories and I'm not afraid of being turned on! lol
PM - What are your strengths in the padel? What do you think is the most difficult thing in this sport?
VN - I am listening to my partner. I do not really have any strong points but I try not to have big weak points either even if the strong smashes to get the ball out of the court are difficult for me.
PM - Have you ever attended professional circuit padel matches in Spain? (World Padel Tour)
VN - No, but I should like it.
PM - As you know the padel is very developed in Spain with nearly 4 millions of practitioners. Do you think the padel will be able to have the same success one day in France?
VN - I hope so. It will take a little time and motivated people but it should take.
PM - If you had to define the padel in a few words?
VN - playful and tactical.
Interview conducted by Kristina Clément - Padel Magazine
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