Jérôme Bécasset and Jean-Marc Herard will carry out daily a zoom on a league and its representatives for the French championships of padel au Padel Lyon Club (Padel Central). The Côte Basque Béarn Landes league is under siege.
1 / Fitness trail
Justin GARNIER (JG): I have been playing tennis since I was 8, played my first tournaments at the age of 10. I have been in the second series since I was 15 and am currently ranked 2/6, my best ranking to date. I am versatile and like to practice many sports, I have also studied 3 years university in Staps.
Franck BINISTI (FB): I reached my best tennis ranking at 15/1, and 2D in squash (French top 250). I had to temporarily give up sports practice, following a snowboard accident and a big back problem. The padel gives me great sensations and does not require superhuman efforts, which I greatly appreciate.
2 / The discovery of Padel
JG: I discovered this sport in 2008, when I lived in Spain in Barcelona at the Réal Polo Club de Barcelona, host club for WPT events and many professionals.
FB: Seven years ago, at the Club des Pyramides, the first in the region to embark on padel !
3 / Experience and Goals
JG: I played regularly at padel during 2 years in Spain, when I returned to France, in 2011 I could not continue, for lack of structures. In September 2012, date coinciding with the opening of the padel in Laval, I resumed intensively.
I belong to a group of 7 or 8 players who practice steadily from 2012, 1 to 3 times a week.
Le padel occupies a very important place in my life because I am passionate about the game itself and its development. I participate in a maximum of tournaments, even if the displacement is important. I sometimes go to Spain to polish my game with the locals.
This summer I also took the instructor diploma of padel , recognized by the Argentine and International Federation of Padel. I am also a member of France Padel Pro, association created by Franck Binisti which organizes match-exhibitions as well as training courses for tennis players and coaches.
I will also give lessons in padel at the start of the 2015 school year at the Spot In club padel Rennes.
FB: I am very sick of this sport: the padel occupies a large part of my free time, and also, it should be noted, a part of my busy time.
I hold the monitor of padel of the Spanish Federation.
4 / Which club?
JG: I train regularly in the sport in park of Laval.
FB: I don´t play in a particular club.
My practice is limited, except when I'm traveling for Padel Magazine or for other tournaments.
5 / Your partner?
JG: I have been playing with Franck since the summer of 2015 and the regional qualifications of the CBBL league.
We do not train often together because he lives in Paris and I in Rennes.
However, we won the Lille tournament together in August 2015.
FB: We started together during the regional phases in the CBBL league (Basque coast) in August 2015. Our last experience dates from August - September 2015 for the Lille tournament.
6 / Course during the regional qualifications
JG: It was difficult to participate in the regional league because our respective leagues (Brittany - and Yvelines for Franck) did not organize regional phases!
We had to make a transfer to play the qualification in the league cbbl (Basque coast).
Short side, we spent the quarterfinals and semi-finals 2 sets, the final was very hooked and we won the super tie-break, having been led 4 / 1.
FB: We played good pairs, and the matches were played, especially in the final, where we were down by one set. The club padel de Saint Jean Luz is magnificent.
7 / Ambitions and prognosis for the finals
JG: It's hard to say because we don't know the tournament format.
A semi-final would be a great result!
I know most of the teams and the favorites are for me: Haziza / Scatena, Carité / Salles and Boulade / Ferrandez.
FB: There is a good chance that we are not seeded, we risk playing in the first round against favorites.
It's still a game, we fear no one!
There are clearly pairs above the rest, my favorites: Haziza / Scatena or Boulade / Ferrandez.
The pairs that will face them in the first laps will have no luck.
8 / Message for opponents
FB: Smile when you play and open your EYES! (they will recognize each other 😉
Jérôme Béasset is the Paquito Navarro of the team Padel Magazine. Offensive on all subjects of the world of padel, he returns to many subjects with an always discerning eye.