[box type = ”info”]Padel Magazine : Oscar Agea is the number one Spanish 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 in the padel?

Oscar Agea: I've been playing padel since I was young. It is a different sport compared to others. In the end, I play much 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 make matches with players without an armchair?

OA: This sport allows you to play with everyone. Depending on the level, we can obviously play with people who have no disabilities. We can play from the baseline as in flap. It is a sport that reduces handicaps.

PM: Did you play tennis with the padel? Did tennis help you play padel better?

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 the French and disabled sportsmen to push them to discover the padel?

I recommend this sport to all people who want to have fun playing padel. In this sport there are plenty of things that make you feel better and regain your taste for sport. This sport is also closer because we are not alone. The other advantage is that it allows to play with players without necessarily with 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 in playing the net?

OA: At the net, yes there may be some problems, first because we are close to the net and in a wheelchair, it is not easy to control well. Then there is of course the problem of height that is not necessarily obvious. But the advantage we have is the two rebounds to which we have the right. It's easier for us to catch the ball again. It increases playability and reduces the height problem we may have at the net.

PM: Is it difficult to reach a good level when one is 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 than tennis?

Yes, clearly. In the padel, you can quickly acquire a median level quickly enough, while tennis will require much more time. The advantages of padel over tennis are many: The space is more restricted, we play two, the racket is more maneuverable, we have the walls that give us a second chance accentuated by the possibility of having a second rebound. Feel padel and have fun are weeks questions.

PM: Do you play with a particular paddle racket?

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 ever 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: Would you have a message to send to France and more specifically to the disabled looking for a playful, 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 paddle 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 see a demo eventually, would you be willing to move to 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

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.