Pierre Doumayron, President of the Midi-Pyrénées league and Vice-President of the FFT in charge of the Federal Gatherings, talks about his adventure in the padel and the ups and downs in his league.
Padel Magazine - padel is exploding in your league. How do you explain it?
Pierre Doumayron - It has not been a safe way at all, since the padel in our league has a history. Already in the 90 years, the padel had taken its marks. We expected a lot from elsewhere. Toulouse had hosted the padel world championships and it was believed the emancipation of the nearby padel. Yet the padel quickly fell like a soufflé. More projects or so few, more real prospects.
Then, when the FFT decided to integrate the padel in its statutes, we took the ball to jump to push the padel to develop in our league and we can see today a great momentum of padel in our league with multiple projects.
PM - What's next?
We already have clubs ready to enter the padel. We feel an expectation and a great desire of our tennis clubs to also engage in the padel bath. As we have seen the DES are many to train and enjoy the initiations planned throughout the week at the ITF.
Of course, we can base ourselves on the existing clubs with the Stade Toulousain, the Club de l'Hers, Paddle Plus and the Padel Toulouse Club.
PM - Does the league have any special financial support?
No, there is no financial support for clubs at the moment, but we can bring our expertise to project leaders. Our network is obviously very important, the establishment of training for ED for the moment is multiplying everywhere. Moreover, Toulouse recently hosted a continuous padel training for the DEs. EDs have been very numerous and we are getting a lot of demand for more.
PM - Will this initiative during the ITF Toulouse-Balma be renewed?
PD - The results are very positive and the experience will certainly be renewed. For a number of years, we have been thinking about padel and we are getting more and more involved. Proof of this is the padel court for the international tennis tournament in Toulouse - Balma. Tennis and paddle have a very interesting future together because they are sports that complement each other. The beautiful days of this new sport in France are radiant.
Interviewed by 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.