Integrated in the FFT 2015, the padel today has about 5 000 practitioners. Jean-Pierre Dartevelle, vice-president in charge of the DTN and the national and international competition, talks about this young discipline being structured. Trades.

What has been the evolution of the padel since its integration into the FFT?

The discipline is developing well and even faster than I imagined. Both in FFT clubs (90 short) and in private structures (155 short). The important thing is that there are enough courts on the territory so that access to this discipline is easy for the licensees. Beyond the infrastructure, we feel a real craze of practitioners, clubs and leaders. The padel allows our clubs to have an additional offer. This is a new opportunity, at a time when our structures are finding it difficult to retain licensees.

How much do you value the number of paddle practitioners?

There are about 5 000 practitioners, which is encouraging. We set up the padel competition: tournaments, a championship of France, a ranking. We will continue to evolve the competition from 2017 to be even more dynamic and challenging. We are working to develop, as for tennis, a computerized and connected competition that should see the day in 2017 and allow each licensed padel player to follow his results and performance as is the case for tennis players.

What are the evolutions that you will bring for the next sporting year?

We will give a real boost to the competition in several areas. Regarding the championship of France, we will create 8 interregions and qualify two teams in each for the final phase, which will take place this year in the league of Flanders. There will be more teams involved in this major event. We will create a hierarchy of tournaments so that each club, each competitor, can choose according to his level and his desire. There will be 4 categories of tournaments: P100, P250, P500 and P1000. We will also offer different match formats so that everyone can flourish in the competition and choose their competition.

The International Federation organizes the 13es world championships in November, will France be represented?

Of course ! In view of the very good results of last year, we have a lot of hope for these world championships. France will be represented by a women's team and a men's team. Our two teams have to play in the qualifying stages, despite their very good results last year. The women's team has played the qualifiers in the Netherlands lately and has excellently qualified for the world championships. As for the men's team, she will participate in qualifying in Switzerland, from 8 to 10 July. The final phase of the world championship will take place in Lisbon in November. We are wholeheartedly with them!

Which game formats are allowed for 2017?

  • 2 sets to 6 games (traditional format)
  • 2 sets to 6 games, 3e set = SJD (decisive supergame) to 10 points
  • 2 sets to 6 games, no ad, 3e set = SJD to 10 points
  • 2 sets to 4 games, no ad, decisive game to 3 / 3, 3e set = SJD to 10 points
  • 1 set to 9 games, no ad, decisive game to 7 points to 8 / 8

For each tournament category, its prize money

In 2017, there will be 4 tournament categories, determined according to the prizemoney awarded per event:

  • P100 (Padel 100) : prize-money de 0 à 249 € (4 équipes minimum)
  • P250 (Padel 250) : prize-money de 250 € à 499 € ( 4 équipes minimum)
  • P500 (Padel 500) : prize-money de 500 € à 999 € (8 équipes minimum)
  • P1000 (Padel 1000) : prize-money de 1 000 € ou plus (16 équipes minimum, sélectionnées au meilleur classement des équipes).

When will the championships of France take place?

Cette grande manifestation se déroulera les 14, 15 et 16 octobre prochain au Padel Attitude à Lesquin, près de Lille. 16 équipes féminines et 16 équipes masculines (les vainqueurs et finalistes des huit interrégions) tenteront de décrocher le titre de champion(ne)s de France.

Interview for Tennis Info of the month of June 2016.

Franck Binisti

Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Pyramid Club in 2009 in the Paris region. Since then padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France by going to cover the big French paddle events.