In Padel Arena (Rouen), this weekend it was padel tournament with including a pair of Laval and another mix of a Laval player and a Parisian.

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You had to be a visitor to go to the final

The entry ticket to be a finalist at the Arena tournament was anything but local. However, there were some armed pairs but not enough to make the visiting pairs bend.

In the group stage, some matches lasted particularly with some pairs who spent a number of hours on the field as Alexandre Toutain and Alex Garcia.

It has also been observed that some pairs could do quite a lot in the coming months. We think in particular of two pairs that have proved particularly tenacious: Grosson / Douteau and Dermit / Gauthier.

Regarding the final, it almost became the fastest match of the era of French paddle ...

A final on alternating current

In the final, we thus found the two favorite pairs in the final, namely Simon Boissé and Franck Binisti against Justin Garnier and Pierre Touzard. The pairs had not drawn too much in the reserves for these finals. So we could expect a long match. Except that among the 4 players present on the field, a player was certainly physically in Padel Arena, but mentally maybe in Paris or elsewhere in Valladolid maybe seeing the final of the World Padel Tour (note, Franck Binisti) . In any case, in about ten minutes, Simon Boissé and Franck Binisti were inflicted 6 / 0. 6 as the number of minutes that lasted the first set and zero as maybe the number of points earned in this first set. That is to say.

In front, it was necessary to remain concentrated, because the awakening could take place. And that's precisely what happened at the beginning of the 4e set. Led 4 / 1 in the second set, the mixed pair (Paris / Laval) returned better the ball, the level was balanced and the exchanges lasted finally to the delight of the spectators present in the club.

Boissé / Binisti returned to 5 everywhere after saving 2 match balls, then to 6 everywhere after again saving 2 match balls.

An 100 Laval victory

In the tie-break, Justin Garnier, who had been irreproachable, seemed to have lost his concentration and thus offered some balls to the opposing pair to revive and pocket the second set. Simon Boissé, strong, did not pitch. But again, the big weakness came from his teammate Franck Binisti who had managed to find his mind in the second set. While Boissé / Binisti led 3 to 1 in the tie-break, Franck Binisti committed a series of unprovoked fouls. It was too much. And Touzard / Garnier finally won the second set. (Final score: 6 / 0 7 / 6)

A special mention to Pierre Touzard who was throughout the game and more generally on the tournament of a disconcerting regularity. Justin Garnier boss, he always managed to shoot smashes that hurt a lot during the tournament.

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.