Interview realized the 5 Mai 2016, at the Real Polo Club of Barcelona during the World Padel Tour after their victory in the first round in 16e final and before their match against Marrero / Salazar.
Paula and Bea are the unpublished pair of this year's 2016 on the professional circuit.
Bea is a young 14 cadet from Malaga and Paula, at 42 years, is a huge padel champion with 8 world champion titles (3 in open tournament and 5 with Argentina selection). On the court, Bea plays to the left of Paula.
PM: Can you introduce yourself?
Bea: I am 14 years old and last year we became Padel Junior World Champions with the Spanish team and I won three Spanish Championships (Editor's note: Bea is currently No. 1 of the Cadet rankings in Spain).
PM: When did you start playing padel?
Bea: I started playing at 8 years because my dad played padel and I accompanied him to see him play, and one day I started playing. I started training in a club in front of my house and the coach asked me to fire me and that's how I started (Editor's note: Bea has never played tennis.)
PM: You thought you were already playing on the professional circuit this year?
Bea: The idea was to start playing on the professional circuit this year and I had to play with another player but for different reasons, it could not be done.
PM: Paula, when did you start playing on the professional circuit in Argentina and Spain?
Paula: In Argentina, I started to play in 1993 and on the Spanish circuit when I arrived in Spain, ie in 2002.
PM: You have a long and impressive career with a lot of titles. What is the best career moment?
Paula: Each of these moments has its positive side. Obviously when I became N ° 1 in Argentina with Mariana Perez and the 5 years with Carolina Navarro where we were N ° 1 or 2 worldwide. In 2004, when I won the world title with the Argentine selection and the open world (in pairs) with Iciar Montes, also in 2006 when I won the world championship with Argentina and the open world with Carolina Navarro. All these moments were the most important moments of my career.
PM: When you see Bea start on the pro circuit, does that remind you of your debut?
Paula: No, because at 14 years I did not know how to use a padel racket (laughs!), I did not know at all what it was Padel because I started 16 years ago. And for me the padel was just a hobby.
Yes, because it reminds me a little of my age, but when I started competing with this illusion, this desire to learn, this desire to go further and higher, learn from the best ones to get where I've been to, and that has always been my goal. And Bea gives me this illusion, this desire to learn, and in that I recognize myself.
PM: Bea, what is your favorite player on the tour?
Bea: I have always loved Carolina Navarro who is from Malaga like me, and also Marta Marrero who is also a great player.
PM: What is your training frequency? because you always go to school ..
Bea: I train in the afternoon because in the morning I'm at school. I train on Monday and Wednesday during 1h30 (physical training and on the court) and 1 time on Thursday but only on the padel court.
PM: Paula and Bea, what are your impressions after your first WPT together as a team and personally?
Paula: We started at the WPT Valencia where we won our first round which was not easy (Note: in 16e finals against Marcela Ferrari and Anabel Medina) and also here in Barcelona (against Ana Fernandez de Osso and Rodriguez Camacho) and taking into account that Béa lives in Malaga and me here in Barcelona, (so more complicated to share and train together) and that it is the first WPT of Béa, it goes very well. Bea adapts quickly to everything, which is not easy. As far as I'm concerned, I make the most of what I do, I'm happy when I play what is my main goal for this year.
PM: And you Bea?
Bea: I did not know much Paula and Valencia was our first tournament. Our first game, it's true that we played it very well. I started a little nervous but it happened later. And the 2eme match (against Nela Brito and Lorena Alonso), it was not played very much (note: Paula and Bea have a set ball in the tiebreak of the 1er set). And it's true, that the sensations are very positive.
PM: As the players of the circuit do not know you yet, I guess they play more on you than on Paula ("with the technique of the fridge") to test you, right?
Paula: They will quickly realize that they are wrong (laughs!). No, it's normal, they think that Bea does not have much experience, that at a given moment, Bea will fail. But I think that by playing a lot on Bea, they will make her progress even more quickly as a player, so I am very happy that they play on my partner and that I do not get tired! (Laughs!). And also I must learn to play without receiving balls, which I do not know how to do because I have always received a lot of balls (during my career). But for Béa it will be a personal development to know how to manage a game, how to withstand the pressure and it does great!
PM: Bea, what does it mean to get the majority of the balls and to have the pressure of the game on you?
Bea: I prefer to play all bullets than any. It makes me go into the game and I play better. And I resist the best I can!
PM: What is your goal this year as a team?
Paula: First, have fun and enjoy on the court what is the main goal. Have fun because Bea begins her career when I finish her, so we are at different times in our career. And precisely, what one needs brings him the other player. Freshness, illusion, envy, dynamism, energy on one side for Bea and me, my experience, and to transmit to him a little all these years of competition. We do not put any goal in term of result except a goal of development as a team, to have fun and me to bring out the best of Bea and Bea the best of me.
PM: Paula, what do you think of a player of 14 years who starts on the pro circuit?
Paula: On the WPT, you can start playing if you have 14 years and a determined junior rank. Not anyone can start like this on the circuit. Yes, it surprised me to see that Bea with his 14 years would already be so mature and adapt so quickly to the professional circuit where are the best players in the world! It's not easy not only physically and technically but also mentally! I see that it is not easy to play against the best but also to play with me. I try to manage it as best as possible ... I remember when I started at the side of Adriana Costagliola (note: great Argentine padel champion in the 90 years), my legs were trembling to play at his side ... But Bea has a maturity for his age very important and she is demonstrating it.
PM: Bea, can Paula be described in a few words?
Paula: I have to go? (Laughs!)
Bea: She is pretty, nice ... (laughs!) ... It's true that it helps me a lot, it gives me a smile on the court and outside. It helps me in difficult times, it encourages me when we lose, when we win ...
PM: Same question for you Paula about Bea? What does Bea bring you?
Paula: She is a very receptive person, with the desire to improve, to advance, to bring to the team, she understands that it is a sport for two, which is important. It's important to be in good agreement with each other on the court, for me it's important because I had a rather negative experience last year that I experienced very badly (Note: with Gemma Triay his previous partner). To be on the court and to feel that we are a team and that we want to go in the same direction, that we laugh, suffer together, that we support each other, if one needs the other, it is fundamental. And with 14 years, Bea has already understood all this, and it's super important.
PM: Can you confirm to us Paula that it is difficult for a professional athlete to make the decision to stop his career?
Paula: It's true that it's been several times that I want to stop my career, but they do not let me do it (laugh!) ... Already last year I wanted to stop, but as the results were very good (Note: with Gemma Triay, Paula had obtained the following results in 2015: 2 final semis in WPT, participation in the final master of the WPT by finishing in the 6 best pairs of the circuit and 9 victories on the Catalan circuit). But from an inside / personal point of view, 2015 was badly spent and my career did not deserve to end with this sadness. Thanks to Carolina Navarro, I got to know Béa and the best decision is to continue to enjoy the padel with joy and bring things to Bea and I hope that one day when Bea will be at the top, she will remember me and that beginning we had together! (laughs!) and I'm glad to see her development for all the years ahead.
PM: Bea, how do you see yourself in 5 years?
Bea: In 5 years I will have 19 years ... I hope that everything will be good with the padel and that I will continue to play the WPT ... and if anything happens, I would like to study / continue in a career ..If it is not in the padel, focus on something else.
PM: And you Paula, how do you see yourself in 5 years?
Paula: I see year by year, in 5 years, I can not tell you ... I love everything that is related to teaching, to transmit everything that could be lived in addition to 20 years of competition and help players at the technical level, tactical but also to know how to manage situations, because the padel is much more than a "coup" .. There are many things to work.
PM: Bea: do you come to realize that you play alongside Paula EY, the "legend" of the padel? Or do you cling to believe it?
Bea: I pinch myself ... (laughs!) It was a surprise when Paula said she wanted to play with me. I try to give the best of me so that Paula is happy to have chosen me, and I take a lot of fun playing with her ...
PM: last question for Paula. What advice would you give to Bea to reach the best level and have a long career like yours?
Paula: The phrase that I like and that comes from Mariana Perez a friend, padel partner and coach club Sarragosse. Mariana always said to me: "The final victory seems easy but it is the result of small victories that went unnoticed". And these small victories are the consistency, the daily work, the day-to-day work that makes you arrive at the tournament in the best conditions. Whatever happens in the tournament, continue the work with humility. Above all, work and humility to reach the highest level and continue year after year ...
Kristina CLEMENT - Padel Magazine
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.