[box type = ”info”]Padel Magazine : Oscar Agea is the Spanish number one in Handipadel in Spain. He offers us a very interesting interview on the possibilities and advantages of this sport for the disabled. [/ Box]
Padel Magazine : Can you tell us how you fell into the padel ?
Oscar Agea: I play padel since I am young. It is a different sport compared to others. In the end, I play a lot more than before because it is a tolerant sport and more accessible than others.
I play with someone else, we get better quickly. I became the number of Spain and one can say also on the world level. Everyone should try to play this sport because it can really help. We manage to have fun and improve, despite the different handicaps of the players.
PM: Can you play matches with players without a wheelchair?
OA: This sport allows you to play with everyone. Depending on the level, we can of course play with people who do not have disabilities. We can play from the baseline as well as from the shutter. It is a sport that reduces handicaps.
PM: Did you play tennis before you started padel ? Did tennis help you play better padel ?
Tennis I practiced and still practice but rather padel reinforcement. Tennis helps me to play better padel because tennis is less accessible, more difficult and is a good way to train indirectly padel. Phisically padel is perhaps more interesting than tennis too. These sports complement each other.
PM: What can you say to French and disabled athletes to encourage them to discover the padel ?
I recommend this sport to all people who want to have fun playing padel. In this sport, there are many things that make it possible to feel better and to regain a taste for sport. This sport also brings people together because we are not alone. The other advantage is that it allows you to play with players without necessarily having health problems. The padel reduces these problems.
The padel makes work balance, mobility or tone. The padel is very good exercise for everyone.
PM: Are there any complications for playing at the net?
OA: At the net, yes there can be some problems, firstly because you are close to the net and in a wheelchair, it is not necessarily easy to control well. Then there is of course the problem of the height which is not necessarily obvious. But the advantage we have are the two rebounds we are entitled to. It's easier for us to catch the ball back; it increases the playability and reduces that height problem that we might have at the net.
PM: Is it difficult to reach a good level when you are disabled? Can we really have fun?
Yes, it's a sport that deserves attention. This sport is a treat. In 4 years, I personally evolved my game in an obvious way and became the number one in Spain. We evolve and have fun. The fact that there are walls helps us to return the ball more easily. The racket is very handy and is an asset, especially compared to other racket sports like tennis. With training, we can come better, that's for sure.
PM: Is it easier to play padel compared to tennis?
Yes, clearly. At padel, you can quickly acquire a median level quite quickly, while in tennis it will take much longer. The advantages of padel compared to tennis are numerous: The space is more restricted, we play two, the racket is more manageable, we have the walls that give us a second chance accentuated by the possibility of having a second bounce. Feel the padel and having fun are a matter of weeks.
PM: You play with a padel particular?
No, the racket is the same. The only difference is the rule. We have the right to two rebounds. For example, a rebound, the wall, then another bounce on the floor.
PM: Have you already played in France to promote this sport?
I know Toulouse. There was a world championship. But there is a lot of potential in France. It's a country of snowshoes. It is a country where many disabled people might be interested in this sport. It would really be necessary to build padel courts and offer this sport to the disabled. They would be delighted and could even regain their taste. Remember that it is a team sport. France could become a real locomotive and push to develop and offer this sport to the disabled.
PM: Do you have a message to send to France and more specifically to disabled people looking for a fun, team and fun sport?
I tell all French players or potential players that you must at least try this sport. He has a lot more. It will certainly be much more than a sport. Having fun at the padel is easy. In a few weeks, it will be possible to play padel. And that's not possible for all sports.
PM: Is it expensive to practice padel when you are disabled?
Let's say that there are incompressible costs, such as the wheelchair which must not be too heavy, which must be manageable. The wheelchair is a cost as is the padel court which must have some extra protections to not damage it too much. There are of course ancillary costs like racket and balls, but compared to other sports, we can estimate that it is not huge.
PM: Disabled people are certainly listening to us and would like to possibly see a demo, would you be ready to come and show us all this?
I will be delighted and delighted to help the padel develop in Paris, Toulouse, and elsewhere. I am the number one in Spain in handisport and you promise that you will be delighted by this sport.
PM: Can we say that the padel helped you personally?
The padel makes me very happy. But I obviously recommend everyone to play this sport that allows you to be freer with the means on board, to have opportunities to feel better and even have ambitions in a sport that offers many tract.
Franck Binisti - Padel Magazine
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.