For this second stage of the Padel Lyonnais Masters held at the Padel Central Lyon (Padel Club of Lyon) it was necessary to push the walls to welcome all the participants eager to fight! During 3 days it is not less than 32 pairs men and 10 women came from Grenoble, Nice, Cannes, Marseille or Perpignan, who competed for the title. The surprise wins of Pier Gauthier / Laurent Boulade and Virginie Pironneau / Géraldine Sorel reflect a spirit of revenge!
Very nice victories of Virginie Pironneau / Géraldine Sorel
On the ladies' side, Virginie Pironneau / Géraldine Sorel's unprecedented yet highly effective association won the reign of France's Laura Clergue / Audrey Casanova, the French women's champion. But it is not so easy to beat such champions, it was necessary to overcome the loss of the first set and wait for the 4th match point during the super tie break to snatch victory (4-6 6-3 11-10). Newly licensed at the Padel Club in Lyon, Virginie Pironneau proves that playing "at home" takes on a special importance even at the Padel! Géraldine Sorel, meanwhile, remained on two defeats in the final against the same opponents on these tracks, it was too much!
In previous rounds, these two pairs have been able to measure all the progress made by the local competitors, Alix Collombon / Jessica Ginier in mind. The latter only defeats in the semi finals by the champions of France after a good fight, have obviously a bright future in this sport. The adaptation of their great tennis qualities to the padel track is still in progress but their association already has little equivalent in the region. And it's not Line Meites and its new partner Carine Vidal, beaten for third place who will say the opposite!
Pier Gauthier / Laurent Boulade as a warrior
In men, given the density of the plateau, winners of one of the 8 hens qualifying to join the 8 first seeds in the final table was already a great achievement. The main victims of this first round are the 2015 champions of the Dauphiné region, Jean Charles Colas-Roy / Alexandre Perilhon. The latter will console on Sunday by winning the table for the 17th place against Jerome Xambeu / Fabien Laguna.
From the round of 16, the 4 seed (Arnaud Taboni / Romain Dubost-Chavrier), 5 (Clément Arcangeli / Olivier Chaix) and 8 (Laurent Bériard / ArnaudChaffanjon) bite the dust before the last day of competition.
In the quarterfinals, the top of the table offers Pier Gauthier / Laurent Boulade to erase their clear defeat in the final of the first leg of this series of tournaments 7 days earlier in Chassieu. They do not miss this opportunity and prematurely eliminate the seed 2 number of the table (Justin Lopes / François Authier) 9 games to 5 and then spin quite easily in the final. Without taking anything away from the good performance of their executioners David Miotto / Jean Yves Levrat, the champions of Lyon 2015 Serge Reisinger / Simon Desliens are eliminated after a poor performance.
At the bottom of the table, Pierre Etienne Morillon / Johan Bergeron avoid the pitfall match in the quarterfinals against Lionel Vinciguerra / Sébastien Corbelli and respect their rank in half against the last remaining qualified in the race Bertrand Contzler / Olivier Carlier.
The final was spectacular and contested, sometimes even reaching a level of play rarely seen at Padel Central Lyon. Supported by a large attendance, the first set is brilliantly won by Morillon / Bergeron (6-4). In the second, Boulade / Gauthier raise the tone and equalize (6-1). The super tie-break, a sort of head-on, one of the fantasies of the game formats imposed by the FFT, will be breathtaking. Each pair will save match balls before the play lands on the south side to provide a first tournament victory at Boulade / Gauthier. For Morillon / Bergeron after a necessary period of adaptation, this final raises some doubts that had aroused their change of game side.
With a win and a defeat in the final to their credit, qualifying for the finals of October seems almost achieved for Boulade / Gauthier.
For everyone else, the next stop at Rillieux's 20 May at 19 June will be decisive!
Jérôme Bécasset - Padel Magazine
Jérôme Béasset is the Paquito Navarro of the team Padel Magazine. Offensive on all topics of the padel world, he comes back on many topics with an ever-attentive eye.