Kristina Clément, padel player from 2007, winner of the French Paddle Masters in 2012 and 2013 and 3 finishe at the Cancun World Team in 2012 gives us his impressions on the development of the women's paddle.
This is a sport with strong growth worldwide. The padel is an ideal racket sport for women of all profiles: sports like non-sports, talented or those who consider themselves "anti-talented" with a "classic" racket in hand.
Spain, our padel country of reference, with 4 millions of practitioners, proves it: there are MORE women than men on the courts!
Accessibility, social, fitness and fun!
Why ? The explanation can be summed up in a few words: accessibility, social, fitness and fun!
Unlike tennis, squash or badminton, to start as a pure novice, the padel does not require to acquire a great technique or to have a physical marathonienne to learn to play and have fun.
In less than an hour, a beginner accompanied by a coach can make exchanges and have fun and even start using the back wall for the most comfortable.
The paddle racket, by its small size and without rope, is much more manageable than other rackets and becomes like the extension of its own hand. The padel court, which is half the size of a tennis court, makes it easier to get the ball over the net and without having to run long distances between shots (do not forget that we also have a partner in our sides!). Some sports can put off women for their difficulty ... this is certainly not the case for the padel!
A sharing sport
We women also like to meet up with friends to chat and share some activities ...
The padel is known for its social aspect: play doubles, on a short court with priority not the score and competition, but the friendliness, sharing good moments with the paella / barbecue at the edge of the court for the lucky ones ... How not to love this sport?
For lodgers, then there is sport for you. It must be admitted the gentlemen are very good at this level.
Who said padel did not burn calories? Even Gael Monfils himself explained to us recently " that it was a physical sport ».
Because, casually, the padel is more intense than tennis. In fact, you lose less time searching for balls on the court and exchanges last longer.
Another shocking argument for us women, always looking for the perfect line: It is estimated the expense between 400 to 600 calories for an hour played.
Each week, new paddle courts are installed throughout France, and we passionate about paddle, hope that this craze will affect the feminine as in Spain! Vamos!
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.