Le padel, a booming racket sport, is integrating gradually to French racketeering in the form of a “table 5 rackets“, positioning itself as the fifth sport in the competition. This integration is visible in various tournaments across France, notably in St Chamond, Rochefort, Lagord, Bourg lès Valence, Grenoble, Montpellier, Nancy and Rennes. Tournament details including padel are available on the official French racketlon website: French racketlon tournaments. These events typically take place on Sundays, thus adding an additional dimension to the traditional doubles and mixed draws.

The padelists, often from tennis backgrounds or other racket sports, are invited to compete against seasoned rackathletes in matches where versatility is king. For a deeper immersion in this sporting synergy, a podcast entitled “Sport in Focus” discusses this fascinating subject from the 34th minute, available here: Sport in Focus – Podcast.

The craze for multi-racket tournaments continues to grow, combining the padel with other racket sports in a racketlon-inspired format. These tournaments are held in different structures:

This development has also seen former racketeon champions convert to padel, like Christopher Krenn, Austrian number 1 and former racketlon world champion, as well as Margaux Randjbar, French number 30, former French number 1 and world top 10 in Racketlon. Their journeys illustrate the permeability and complementarity between these disciplines, and their stories can be discovered in more detail through the following links:

Franck Binisti

Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Club des Pyramides in 2009 in the Paris region. Since padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France going to cover the major events of padel French.