Real high-end party and new Padel family

"The Gabachos create the surprise"

The 15 and 16 October 2016 was the first international Greek tournament south of Athens at the Greek Padel Academy in Alimos (coastal district south of Athens).

Organized as a major sporting event, Christophe Andreou, the manager of the club supported by his brothers Georges and Thomas and the incomparable Nicolas, their dad, welcomed the French Blanqué / Tecles in an upscale tournament where the smile, the friendliness , quality were the key words.

Real padel party, famous players were invited as David Gutierrez ranked in "rank 60" WPT (world padel tower), Matias Baez "rank 120" or Nicolas Sueskun "rank 200", to give a real dimension to the competition. The successful tournament was a success, all broadcast by camera on the Greek channel and in the media and sports programs.

Having experienced the event from the inside, Emmanuel Tecles recounts: "II can say that I have never experienced a tournament like this in 10ans of padel. The Greek welcome has no equal, kind smile and fraternal contacts have carried us during this weekend"

He adds: "Like a family, you feel almost at home in this new Alimos club. Dynamic and well thought out, the semi covered 3 facing the restaurant presents only good moments in perspective. The reception team and Christophe's staff were on top, available, helpful and efficient."

The Andreou family also offers padel practice at another beachside club with 5 pitches in a pine forest. Idyllic setting and dream atmosphere to indulge in "bandjas" club located at 10 mn further south of Alimos.

At the sporting level"matches played in two sets of normal winners offered longer physical confrontations, which we know less and less in France with the no ad"Tell us our French.

"The qualifying on Saturday gave us some great games with a very promising level already, some pro tennis players still present on the atp circuit also competing in the tournament"

At the quarter level, the next day, the paper rankings were respected, WPT players Gutierez Baez and Sueskun still in the race with the entry of those now called "los GABACHOS" Blanque / Tecles. The French win in the quarter quite easily against a Greek pair. However, rigor and seriousness should be present. The first surprise long awaited for the gabachos was to play Gutierrez in half with sure, a less strong partner, but for all that a fierce meeting. Against all odds, even if D.Gutierrez played the balls,, the French have responded and win 6 / 3 6 / 4 in a meeting "show", punctuated with amortized, out for smash by the door or the " Chewingum croquette »Bastien Blanque's specialty.

The final is revealed against two confirmed players including Baez "rank 120" associated with a more consistent partner than confirmed. Regularity and almost no direct mistakes have put the French in confidence, helping them win the first set 6 / 4. Then, "the level amount had to be more aggressive to counter the return of the Spaniards " ... 5 / 5 in the second, a fright with some cramps for Tecles, but the French hold on and manage to shorten the points, no less than 6 winning points in two games by smashes at the bottom line ... balance 7 / 5

The gabachos Blanque / Tecles create the surprise and win the first international tournament of the Greek Padel Academy of Alimos. The Andreou family made this tournament more than a competition but a real Padel family party. Giving credibility to this sport. Congratulations and thank you

As we say below, the vamos becomes the "PAME TORA !!! "

Photo: Nikos ZINAS

Article: Emmanuel Tecles

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.