The 1er official FFT official padel tournament in France took place on 28 and 29 Mars 2015 at the Royal Riviera Padel Club in Beausoleil (Alpes-Maritimes). 27 teams entered, 43 matches played on 2 short for 2 days.
The sun was also at the rendezvous to celebrate this first in France. A nice atmosphere, lively games played by pool system and final table online. All matches were played at the best of 9 games with tie-break at 8 everywhere. As Christian Collange, director of Tennis Soleil and co-manager of the padel club, tells us:

The FFT has been recovering the padel for a short time. The federal homologation is effective since the 1er March this year, and since we had a tournament scheduled for the end of March, it was important for us to be first. We filed the file and we received the 2 homologation days before the start of the tournament. It was a bit right in terms of timing but it was good to launch the 1er federal tournament in France. The interest of the homologation is to be able to attract the best players and that the players can be classified. All our padel tournaments will now be systematically homologated.

The winners of this first edition are Laurent Bensadoun and Jérémy Scatena in the Elite category who defeated Lionel Vinciguerra and Julien Ottomani on the score of 9 / 5. Laurent and Jérémy are part, as insiders know, of all the best French players, they have won several titles of champion of France and represented France in international competitions.
In the Espoirs category, Patrick Cédras and Grégory Galliano won the 9 games final at 6 against Luis Serrano and Damien Millecamps.

Kristina Clément, one of the best French players and the Royal Riviera Padel Club, announces that the next edition will take place the 6 and 7 next June with a men's tournament AND also a women's tournament!

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Franck Binisti

Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Pyramid Club in 2009 in the Paris region. Since then padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France by going to cover the big French paddle events.