Jérôme Bécasset and Jean-Marc Herard will daily zoom in on a league and its representatives for the French Padel Championships at the Padel Club in Lyon (Padel Central). The Côte d'Azur league is under siege.

Azure girls

1 / Fitness trail

Géraldine SOREL (GS): Experienced tennis player, second series since 30 years (that time flies quickly!), I play in competition only in team games or 1 tennis month per year.

Alexandrine "Sandy" GODARD (AG): I played tennis until my 25 years, but never high level, it's been several years that no longer plays tennis.

2 / The discovery of Padel

GS: In 2002, in Mandelieu, a female player needed a partner to play games, I tried and I adopted!

AG: I discovered this sport by chance, with friends old tennis players, in a club in Gaude, the acceptance was very fast.

3 / Experience and Goals

GS: Since 2002, I practice quite irregularly, I am a member of the French team since 2002 (as the time passes quickly, bis), I participated in 4 world championships and 2 European championships. There were so few girls in the padel that almost everyone could play in the French team. For the moment, I want to be able to play 1 once a week.

AG: I've been playing now for about ten years. I stopped intermittently because in the meantime I had children. I try to play once a week, but it's not that easy.

4 / Which club?

GS: I have no club and plays Roquette on Siagne, and this year in Sophia Antipolis (Real Padel). I am FFT licensee in a club in Mandelieu (100% tennis club) and previously had a Padel license at La Roquette. This year, I wonder where to take my license to be able to make matches by team, in 2 sports.

AG: Like Géraldine, I do not have a club. We play Roquette or at

Real Padel Sophia Antipolis. I am licensed to Sophia and I think it is a mixed tennis-padel club.

5 / Your partner?

GS: I play with Sandy since 3 years and I chose it because we get along well in the field but especially outside!

AG: So it's been 3 years that I evolve with Geraldine, we know each other for much longer.

6 / Course during the regional qualifications

GS and AG: Several teams deserved to be in Lyon for the finals, we were lucky to spend that day, because the region has very good female pairs.

7 / Ambitions and prognosis for the finals

GS: I come to win like any competitor, although I know it will be difficult.

I hope to continue to have fun on the field, to progress, and continue to represent the team of France to live again the great adventures padel team.

I only know our neighbors in Aix en Provence, Laura and Audrey, and I hope we will play as late as possible in the table because they play very well.

The other teams, I do not know them, so mistrust.

Without knowing the other players, it is difficult to decide.

I remember that during my debut, against all odds and having never participated in a tournament, with my partner and I had won the equivalent of the championship of France.

8 / Message for opponents

GS and AG:: Nice to see so many new faces in the women's paddle !!!

cote azur boys

1 / Fitness trail

Jérémy SCATENA (JC): I reached an 3 / 6 tennis ranking.

Robin HAZIZA (RH): Former tennis player negative (-2 / 6) and coach of the women's pole at ISP Academy.

2 / The discovery of Padel

JS: I discovered the padel at Nalle Grinda 8 years ago.

RH: After stopping the tennis I discovered the padel at Nallé Grinda with my 2 other friends Laurent Bensadoun and my partner since always Jeremy Scatena.

Nallé, who was by far the best player at the time, was an endless patience to share his passion ... since becoming my job.

3 / Experience and Goals

JS: We played several WPTs including Valladolid or we lost in the last lap of qualifying.

I aim to play in Spain more regularly and play the Catalan circuit, in which I start to have points.

We were also able to train for two months of training, with Jorge Martinez in Spain and our partners were the professional players of the WPT circuit Pablo Lima / Juani Mieres and Maxi Grabiel / Fernando Poggi.

RH: It is now 8 years that plays padel, I participated in several world and European championships. The padel became "my sport" and my job.

My passion for the game is such that I created my own club to transmit it to the greatest number.

4 / Which club?

JS: License in a mixed tennis padel club: Nice Ltc

RH: At home: Real Padel Club!

5 / Your partner?

JS: I've been playing since I started with Robin, I chose him for his competitor skills, with time, he became my friend.

RH: We have always been much more limited than Laurent Bensadoun and Nallé who had started this sport well before us. By dint of work and self-sacrifice the gap has been bridged.

Jeremy is my friend, my partner and his motivation is limitless when it comes to Padel.

We are complementary and have participated in many tournaments in Spain, we even lived there 3 months to play the Padel Pro Tour (PPT, former WPT).

6 / Course during the regional qualifications

JS: Our qualifications went well.

RH: Without wanting to disrespect the other leagues, I think that our region is the most competitive in the French Padel.

We had to face some excellent players who deserve as much as we to be qualified. I think of course my friends Jeremy Ritz and Max Moreau, Patrick and Kevin Fouquet figures of the hexagonal padel.

The rule is thus made, only the winners are qualified for the final phase ... .but we will miss them.

7 / Ambitions and prognosis for the finals

JS: We are aiming for the title and fear the Boullade / Ferrandez pair. My favorites: Haziza / Scatena.

RH: We have been champions of France several times before the FFT integrates Padel, our goal is to win this first championship organized by the FFT.

In the longer term, we want to represent France at the European and World Championships, but for that we have to win the title.

We would like to settle in Spain with my partner and measure ourselves to the best players, without forgetting to participate in the development of Padel in France.

I obviously know most of Padel players, I'm happy to see new faces from other regions: it's good for our sport.

Regarding the opponents include among the favorites: Cédric and Alexis de Toulouse that we know very well and Laurent and Jerome d'Aix who are excellent players and highly motivated. These remind me of us a few years ago: they are hungry for titles and that will push us to raise our level. In a completion you have to respect everyone and give the best in every match.

We are of the opinion of all the favorites to us to answer present on the ground!

8 / Message for opponents

JS: I can not wait to fight and prove we are the best.

RH: As usual we will not let anything!

cote azur league

Gaëlle BOULIC - Development Advisor Coordinator

1 / League league proceedings

They took place within an affiliated structure with 4 terrains.
5 DAMES teams and 17 GIRLS teams were engaged.
The participants appreciated the conditions in which the competition took place.

2 / Positioning the league

As a complementary practice to that of tennis, clubs see a possible diversification of their activities and the offer of service to offer members. It is therefore a serious alternative development axis that completely meets the expectations of club audiences.
Our short-term positioning is twofold:
1. Accompany the construction projects, to allow the discovery of the padel among current non-practitioners and develop the practice.
2 Structure the competition and promote the organization of homologated events / tournaments, which also requires the formation of the refereeing body.

In the medium term, if development is successful and leads to exponential demand, it will be imperative to look into training and the issue of teaching the activity in order to clarify the conditions of exercise for remuneration: creation of a specific title type DE? creation of an additional module in the current DE Tennis training? ministerial recognition of foreign titles (not currently recognized for teaching against remuneration) All kinds of avenues to explore to guarantee a serious framework and a practice without risk ...

3 / Help, actions and upcoming events

We support the construction projects of Padel courts through the "Projects Clubs" program:
- Technical assistance and advice to the project owner in cooperation with the Federal Equipment Department (quote study, compliance with standards, padel quality plan ...)
- Possible financial assistance limited to 2 land per project submitted, provided that the file has, beforehand, a favorable technical opinion from the FFT Equipment Department, regarding the quality of the proposed works.

Regarding the appointment of a DTR, we already have a Regional Technical Adviser coordinator.

If the question is to name a specific complementary CTR PADEL, I do not think it is our responsibility or that we have the legitimacy to do so, because statutorily, the current Regional Technical Advisors Tennis are either state executives (therefore dependent from the Department) or federal executives (thus directly attached to the DTN).

The eventual appointment of a Padel Regional Technical Advisor does not depend on us.

This question also refers to the problems mentioned above concerning the specific teaching of PADEL.

Remember that at the strictly legal level and in the current state of legislation on education for remuneration, only holders of a diploma or recognized title in the territory can exercise.

Subject to possible developments in this area, today only ED holders have this competence, which includes in extenso our current regional technical staff.

4 / Who to contact?

We continue the support mentioned above.

The PADEL League group led by Edgar Mus must also meet to define the actions to be carried out for the 2015 2016 season.

We will renew the Regional Qualifying Championship for the French Championships.

Jerome Becasset

Jérôme Béasset is the Paquito Navarro of the team Padel Magazine. Offensive on all topics of the padel world, he comes back on many topics with an ever-attentive eye.