Padel Magazine - Those who finished the Masters of padel in style, Alejandra Salazar and Iciar Montes, offer us a beautiful interview by telling us about their association and the road traveled to reach the top of the padel World.
Padel Magazine : Play at padel brought you luck with this vitoire in the Masters final, but how did you get there?
Iciar: I come from tennis. When I was little I played tennis. It is a racquet sport that I really liked. But in my club, we started to build several padel. padel then started for me since I started playing padel more and more often, especially in competition. It is a very entertaining sport. The relationships that there are in a team are very important and I like it a lot. This is certainly the big difference with the world of tennis. The environment of this sport has me much more.
Alej: Oh no I have never played tennis, I come from padel and have always done that. I started at the age of 8 and am now 28, and still love the sport.
Padel Magazine : It is therefore possible to play padel and even very well like you Iciar even if we do not necessarily come from padel originally ?
Iciar: Oh yes it is possible, but you have to adapt quickly. There are very different elements like the rebound, the teammate, the wall, shots that do not necessarily exist. yes, it's still different.
Padel Magazine : You explained to me behind the scenes that you know squash, does it help to become a Master champion?
Iciar: The padel is really a mix between tennis and squash. In squash, there is a lot of volume, a lot of games and it is close to padel that's why I was actually talking about it.
Padel Magazine : This year ends beautifully ... Can we say that the results are beyond your initial objectives?
Alej: We started slowly, but things fell into place and we started to play well with results. This masters final is just extraordinary because we were not the favorites for this competition. We are therefore very happy.
Padel Magazine : We agree with a year like this, no change at the team level, Padel Magazine will not have the scoop of the year?
Alej and Iciar: Yes of course no change.
Iciar: We're off to a good start. You can do even better by playing better in certain tournaments. We will work and this year 2014 will be very interesting. We will work off the pitch to be even better physically prepared.
Padel Magazine : Your story is beautiful, however, your association is not that old… How did you decide to play together?
Iciar: It's true that the fate was not clear from the start since we were stuck with our former teammates. It was not easy knowing that we were going to play together at the time. But, we found ourselves at a time when we were available. The association came about naturally. It's life. We tested our skills by playing together and then it worked.
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