During the stage of the World Padel Tour circuit played in Barcelona, Padel Magazine interviewed the indefatigable Marcelo Capitani (1975), current 68e WPT player.
Sacred curriculum for this Argentinean national junior tennis champion, pro padel since 1993, champion of the Basque Country 2004 and 2005, finalist Open San Sebastian 2006, Spanish Champion 2009 team, and who was among the 8 best pairs of the pro circuit of 2006 to 2008.
Experienced player of modest size, renowned for his intelligence on the track, he is associated this season with the Spanish drive Salva Oria born in 1996.
Here is our interview with a great man from the international padel, based in San Sebastian.
Seen from the stands, your journey seems complicated, physically and mentally trying.
Exactly, we can talk about paddle marathon! 4 high level matches in 3 days. Between pre-qualifying and qualifying, we have to win 4 matches and finally reach the final draw, THE big moment! But the competition is very tough. When we are more seeded and we go back through the box qualifications, it greatly reduces the recovery time.
The experience is exciting but also very demanding: the level of players on the circuit is higher and higher. The mental and physical preparation is fundamental ... That's what the padel pro looks like!
When playing with a new partner, who has a lot less experience than you, how do you approach a World Padel Tour event?
We have a goal today, to gather a maximum of points to place ourselves well compared to the qualifications of a stage of the WPT and thus avoid entry the big caliber. We are tearing each other apart and trying to refine our tactics to go as far as possible this season.
Padel, one of the few sports where you can see so many players with so much difference in age?
Small precision ... the term veteran, I prefer the player experienced grizzled (laughs). More seriously, Salva invests with a devotion, a strength and an incredible pleasure and all this contributes to make the experience attractive. Appointment at the end of the year to see if the association has been beneficial for us.
You saw Salva play, he wants, he is strong, he takes his foot ... he is a very focused person who has well-defined goals.
I finally wonder if the veteran is not him (laughs)?
I also remember that Salva has just played with the excellent Matias Nicoletti (32e Wpt) in Valencia ... The experience he has more and more and then as you said: He has talent!
Do you move a little abroad for inaugurations ...?
We have recently inaugurated a club in Croatia (including former footballer R. Prosinecki is the owner) with the inevitable Miguel Lamperti.
A short time ago I proposed clinics padel clinics in Berlin. There is an unprecedented padel emulation throughout Europe, but also in America and Asia.
I have also been to Rome recently. There, it is padel fever ... this sport has been experiencing an unprecedented international development for some years.
Back in Spain, explains us the situation of the amateur padel, we speak of a phenomenon of society ...
The amateur world is THE padel engine in Spain: everyone can play, we have fun from the beginning, we relate by sharing more than in other sports. Without this reserve of amateur players ... few things would be possible today.
I also think that new actors are appearing, and that's good. At the level of the public and the players, it is not because a brand new club opens that it will seize customers of the existing club and triumph economically.
You come from Argentina, padel development plays yoyo there?
The padel wins if and only if the quality of the services offered is optimal. We come from Argentina and have verified it during the golden age of the padel, a prosperous period that ends abruptly in the middle of the 90 years, the two main factors of the decline of the paddle in Agentine being an unprecedented economic crisis and the injuries of inexperienced players registered at every possible tournament imaginable.
In Argentina, the current revival of the padel is based mainly on the seriousness of the services offered by the clubs.
According to me Spain will not be confronted with this problem, the level of service is globally high ... for 1 club that closes ... 2 open their doors.
Interview with Jean-Marc HERARD
Jean-Marc Herard is the chronicler Padel Magazine internationally. The Barcelona resident offers us a more international vision of padel, notably with his Padel Buzz column. JMH is the scanner of the world padel.