Jérôme Bécasset and Jean-Marc Herard will carry out a daily zoom on a league and its representatives for the French padel championships in Padel Lyon Club (Padel Central). The league of Guyenne sift.

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1 / Fitness trail

Mélanie URVOY (MU): I play tennis since the age of 7 years. Between 2010 and 2014, I evolved into university sports, in the United States. Since my return to France, I participate in very few competitions.

Alexa LAFITTE (AL): Discovery of tennis at the age of 9 years at the Tennis Club de Bordeaux, club in which I teach for several years. Current ranking: 15 / 3 (best ranking: 1 / 6). I do not practice tennis in competition, except for the interclubs. In the past, I participated in several championships of France tennis (½ final 3th series in 94 and 2003).
I practice beach tennis in competition, and participated in 2 championships of France. I currently hold National 51 and 238 ITF positions.

2 / The discovery of Padel

MU: I discovered padel in 2014, TC Bordeaux.

AL: Discovery of the padel at the Bordeaux Tennis Club during the construction of the court in September 2014

3 / Experience and Goals

MU: I am very inexperienced, for me, the padel is a hobby and a sport that I really appreciate.

AL: No experience in the practice of this sport, my first games go back to the regional championship.

4 / Which club?

MU and AL: TC Bordeaux

5 / Your partner?

MU and AL: We are evolving together for the tennis interclub and we have decided to play the regional qualifications of Padel.

6 / Course during the regional qualifications

MU and AL: Few registered female pairs, but nevertheless, the good mood was at the rendezvous.

7 / Ambitions and prognosis for the finals

MU: Uh ... take pleasure and ... win a meeting?

the level of the tournament is unknown it is difficult to have precise objectives. I do not know the level of anyone so I am suspicious of everyone!

AL: Win at least the 1er round. But since we do not know the level, it is very difficult to consider anything. The main objective is to have fun and have a good time on the field with my partner.

8 / Message for opponents

MU: Have mercy and let us win a match!

AL: May the best win!

guyenne boys

1 / Fitness trail

Raphaël OUVRARD (RO): I play tennis since very young. I am classified 15, and teach since 4 years. Occasionally, I practice squash, badminton and ping-pong.

Grégory MONGE (GM): I've been playing tennis since I was little, but I've never enjoyed individual competitions, more attracted to team games. The padel is played in doubles and that suits me perfectly!

2 / The discovery of Padel

RO and GM: I discovered padel in 2014 during the installation of a field in our club, the Tennis Club of Bordeaux.

3 / Experience and Goals

RO: I play on average 2 hours a week, it is a sport rich in emotions, without a doubt. I hope to progress and participate in other tournaments.

GM: After one year of practice, my experience is limited, let's take stock after this competition!

4 / Which club?

RO and GM: The Bordeaux Tennis Club.

5 / Your partner?

RO: We have been playing together for a year. We know each other well and our levels are close.

GM: It's been a year since we regularly play together. We get along well outside the tracks and are complementary on the ground. Raphael is also the only player able to support me!

6 / Course during the regional qualifications

RO: The qualification phases went well.

GM: Well since we are qualified!

7 / Ambitions and prognosis for the finals

RO: Go as far as possible, play well and have fun. In the longer term I intend to win tournaments and of course progress by playing against new opponents. I do not know the other participants of the final tournament, the level will be high no doubt.

GM: It's difficult for me to project myself because I do not know the other pairs.

8 / Message for opponents

RO: Long live the padel!

guyenne league

Philippe DESMOND - Project manager for new practices (Beach tennis and Padel)

1 / League league proceedings

Recognize that the regional phases were organized in the emergency, in June 2015 with 2 women's teams and 6 men's teams registered.

The participants keep a good memory of the event, a shady area on the board: we did not receive any feedback from the private structures that knew the existence of the regional championship, and did not send any players to dispute the qualifying place.

2 / Positioning the league

For now, we consider the Padel as a tool for development, retention and modernization for the FFT, just like beach tennis.

3 / Help, actions and upcoming events

Only one club organizes tournaments (recently approved), TC Bordeaux.

Currently, we need to contact the private clubs again to speed up their FFT Enrollment Request.

4 / Who to contact?

Myself, Philippe Desmond

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