This is the 3 part about the chronicle of the Swiss army knife for padel women. This part of 3 focuses on the geographical areas where the competitors are and the means to optimize the ladies' paddle competitions.
There is demand and some tournaments bring together, without much effort, more 20 female pairs on a weekend! What relates to the ratio seen above, corresponds to 100 gentlemen pairs ... I will not venture on the fact that women are less competitive, etc. I stick to the numbers and my personal experience.
These tournaments have clearly seen and respected us as competitors. I will not go back on the tracks mentioned above, to know how to bring the players.
But there are also other reasons of course. It is indeed easier to gather 20 pairs by proposing a tournament in the south-east than in the north of France. If I refer to the figures in Mario Cordero's article, entitled: Analysis of the March padel stand 2018it is clear that:
- More than 20% of the girls in the top 100 are licensed in the PACA region.
- 80% of these players belong to one of the following 5 leagues, in descending order:
- New Aquitaine
- Auvergne Rhône-Alpes.
Apart from the Ile de France, 4 other leagues are located in the south (except for Catalans, beware! The north begins in Narbonne.
So complicated to meet 15 pairs in Boulogne or Angers ... and even sometimes in Paris! We therefore regularly attend tournaments demoted to the lower category, due to a lack of a sufficient number of registered teams (P1000 are often changed to P500).
In men this percentage climbs to 85, for the same 5 leagues mentioned above. They are more, they move more, so do more tournaments ... so they are more numerous every weekend than girls. It's mathematical.
The top French 30 men make 21 tournaments a year on average (September figures 2018); the 15 girls.
It's already more than one per month ... With huge gaps: 5 tournaments in the year at 27 played for women, and 10 at 33 for men!
As in any debate, there is truth and false ... as in any debate, everyone defends his point of view ... As in any debate, we await your reactions ... but for a debate to advance and be constructive, we must try to listen to and hear the arguments of others ... I count on you so that, together, we discuss more and better.
Line Meites is one of the best French padel players. It's the voice of your live on Padel Magazine. But not only, she also hosts the column “The investigations of the Swiss army knife”. Every month, she will come back to a controversy or a theme that is close to her heart.