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 league Tennis Val de Marne is under siege.
1 / Fitness trail
Fabien VEBER (FV): I practiced football from the age of 5 years until my 25 years. I started tennis at 11 years, and got my best ranking (5 / 6) and the state tennis certificate at 21 years ago.
Fabrice ORTIZ (FO): My sporting career is mainly based on football, tennis is for me a sport of complement and leisure.
2 / The discovery of Padel
FV: In September 2014 at the opening of the Parkfutbol center of Servon.
FO: I discovered Padel in 2009 in Alicante, Spain, with friends.
3 / Experience and Goals
FV: After a few weeks of discovery, I play regularly since February 2015. The padel has almost replaced all the other sports that I practiced. My goal is to catch up with Loic Le Panse (qualified in the league of Essonne).
FO: My experience is limited to that of a player who practiced padel during his summer holidays, with some victories in second-tier Spanish tournaments. Currently this sport occupies a more important place than in the past since from now on I can practice it not far from my home, and counts on a group of players of very good level.
4 / Which club?
FV and FO: Parkfutbol Servon
5 / Your partner?
FV: We play together since February 2015 because it's the only one who has accepted to play with me at my beginnings!
FO: I started playing with my partner in December 2014. And the question of choice did not really arise, it came naturally, as a matter of course. Our games have completed quickly and it's a pleasure to play with a partner like Fabien. This is the kind of person we like to share the third half.
6 / Course during the regional qualifications
FV: On a Saturday with 8 teams
FO: We did not have too much trouble qualifying with my partner. I take this opportunity to thank the organizers, Fabien Timbert of the league of the Val de Marne, but also Manu and Francisco Legret Parkfutbol of Servon.
7 / Ambitions and prognosis for the finals
FV: Beat the less known and do not take too big beating against references !! I know some pairs, but do not fear! My favorites: Haziza / Scatena
FO: Get the best out of it and have fun playing against good teams. In the longer term, I would like to help develop this sport on the national territory, on a technical or commercial level. I know some teams in the South of France thanks to some videos of the net, and also the pair Ruiz / Le Panse which will represent the Essonne. I do not fear any but respect them all!
Logically, the winners should leave one of the leagues of the South, made up of pairs more competitive and more experienced than those of the North.
8 / Message for opponents
FV: If you follow us for a drink, the matches will be more balanced!
FO: Good tournament and good final stages at all.
Referent: F. TIMBERT, Development Advisor
1 / League league proceedings
1 qualifying phase organized outside 94 department (at Servon 77)
10 Men's Teams + 1 Women's Team. Low participation. It is necessary to densify the communication. The participating pairs were delighted
2 / Positioning the league
In our league, the padel is considered as a complementary activity to tennis, already present. Let us beware of the phenomenon of competition between the two activities.
3 / Help, actions and upcoming events
Develop the regional championship, and think about other promotional actions.
4 / Who to contact?
No DTR for now, I am the padel referee for the league.
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.