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 Dauphiné Savoie league is under siege.
1 / Fitness trail
Jean Charles COLAS-ROY (JCCR): I started tennis to 7-8 years and it's been thirty years that I play for fun and competition. I am ranked 15 and I am a graduate at GUC Tennis in Grenoble.
Alexandre PERILHON (AP): I practice tennis since my 9 years and I am currently ranked 2 / 6. I played Badminton a lot and I also tested Beach Tennis this year.
2 / The discovery of Padel
JCCR: I discovered PADEL a little over a year ago. It is by chance that we decided to try with some friends of the tennis and we immediately appreciated the conviviality and the playful side of this sport.
AP: I discovered the padel last summer (2014) thanks to my partner Jean-Charles and I immediately became addict.
3 / Experience and Goals
JCCR: We play regularly for fun. Sometimes we play games that can exceed 3 hours of play. Fun trumps fatigue! We now want to do some competitions to test our level and to confront other pairs, outside the region.
AP: Since the discovery of the padel I play regularly, 1 2 times a week takes a crazy pleasure. I hope to progress, and face new players, because we play frequently against the same opponents in Grenoble.
4 / Which club?
JCCR ET AP: Our tennis club is the GUC tennis and we play PADEL Echirolles foottime.
5 / Your partner?
JCCR: It's been a year since I regularly play with my partner, Alexandre PERILHON. In addition to his physical and technical qualities that make him an outstanding defender, I appreciate above all his good mood.
AP: We have been playing together since 1, but we are often opposed in the field. I chose him because I get on well with him outside the court. On the court it is simply an extraterrestrial: the point is never finished, it is everywhere, and I can rest at times!
6 / Course during the regional qualifications
JCCR: There are few PADEL pitches in our league so we did a qualifying match against another experienced pair. On paper, we had the same tennis rankings and we managed to win in a fairly balanced game.
AP: We had to play only one game that we won despite the stress due to the immense desire to participate in this championship of France!
7 / Ambitions and prognosis for the finals
JCCR: Try to go as far as possible but especially to share good times with other teams. During and outside games, in contact with other pairs, it will also be a way to calibrate and learn to progress. We do not yet know the other teams so no fear or particular ambition. In addition to the opponents, the discovery of a new surface and the management of several days of competition will be a real challenge. My favorites: the South West teams who are surely very experienced.
AP: We are totally in the unknown and do not know the level of the other teams. I hope we will be able to figure well!
8 / Message for opponents
JCCR: Good luck and go to Lyon for a good time, on and off the courts.
AP: Good luck to all!
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.