Padel Magazine - You are numerous on facebook to ask questions around the famous FIP. Padel Magazine therefore proposes an exclusive interview of Daniel Patty new president of the International Padel Federation (FIP) since one year. This Italian sports enthusiast, born in Moscow, ambassador and traveler has become president of FIT for a year.

[box type = ”info”] The interview lasted more than an hour and is in English. We offer a summary of this interview below. All questions were put to him: Relation with France, The problems encountered, the possibilities offered by the International Padel Federation for French players, an update on the tensions but also the possible future deadlines… His answers allow us to correct or learn certain things. [/ box]

Interview summary

PM: How is the Italian padel clubs behaving?

Daniel Patti is Italian and invites French speaking clubs and players to participate in Italian competitions. According to him, the Italian clubs are developing with cities like Bologna which is in full development with several padel clubs in its periphery.

However, he indicates that France and Italy seemed to be playing more often a few years ago. It would be necessary to reboost the exchange the Italian and French clubs. He indicates that "It would be very positive for both countries".

He also reminds that at the time Italian players were moving in French clubs like Toulouse, Nice or Aix. He regrets that this is not really the case anymore.

PM: Many of us in France do not understand the relationship between France and FIP ... in particular the reasons why French players can not compete at international tournaments?

First Daniel Patti raises it is a pity that FIP ​​has lost one of its members ". If the FIP could have done otherwise it would have done so.

In summary, Daniel Patti explains that there are 2 problems in France which blocks for the moment:

The first concerns a fee that the FFT (French Federation of Padel) owes to the FIP. According to her, the padel federation did not pay the fee for the last two years to the FIP. It is also asked the LNP (National Line Padel) if she wishes to have a chance to be a member of the FIP, to pay the debts of the French Federation Padel.

Then, the FIP President insists that she has been deceived by the FFP since she became a FIP member. Indeed, she and her members learned that the FFP is not approved by the French Ministry of Sports, but "Also does not have permission to be called Federation" and to be defined as such at the padel world championships. The FIP has also received a direct mail to this effect from the Ministry of Sports.

However Patti specifies that the FIP got along well with the FFP since 1992 (which must now be called French padel association), that it is not a " personnal issue "but there is an administrative problem that prevents the FFP from integrating the FIP. By saying that, he adds that it is unfortunate that the French leaders "Work for themselves and not as a group".

PM: What about today between FIP and France?

The president indicates that he is currently working with Cédric Carité who created the National Padel Line. But here too, he says that there is still a problem since, without mentioning the internal conflict in France that is interfering with the FIP, the LNP does not have the support of the ministry either. He is aware that the LNP would seek to get closer to the FFT (French Tennis Federation). According to him, it would be very positive for everyone. Daniel Patti indicates in particular that the FFT is known worldwide and is certainly one of the most powerful tennis federations in the world. Integrating the FFT would do a lot of good for the French padel. He follows this very carefully.

Regarding the FFP, it has almost no relationship, among other things because its main officials are no longer in France ...

PM: We were told that France could not participate in padel world cups ... Is not this a negative effect on padel development in France?

"The information is not really true."

According to the president, he wishes to make it absolutely clear that quite the opposite French players are welcome during the padel world cup stages. He encourages French players to participate in this world championship. By the way, the next stop is Florida in March. He hopes there will be French players.

On the other hand, what is true is that the France team can no longer be represented at international competitions or team matches. But French players can introduce themselves and obtain a world ranking.

To conclude, we could say that Daniel Patty seems to want to calm things down. He wants the French representatives of the padel to form a « groupe To develop the padel. He is also very eager to see the result with the FFT.

Franck Binisti - Padel Magazine
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.