For several months, many players and paddle clubs would like to see the French paddle championships evolve and possibly be offered more qualifying places for the strong regions.
Let's try to do some padel fiction ...
How to avoid certain injustices? A simple solution seems to exist.
The first 3 pairs of the French championships could be automatically qualified for the following French paddle championships.
How it works?
The 2 or 3 first pair of the French paddle championships would be automatically qualified for the next French paddle championships.
Concretely, if we have one or two pairs from the same region who arrive in the top 3 championships of France, these one or two pairs will not repeat the qualifying phases the following year thus allowing the region called "strong" to have more representatives at the French padel championships of the next edition.
2 or 3 pairs to qualify?
Not easy to answer, even if the better we are ...
More seriously, offering 3 pairs instead of 2 would thus give more importance to the place of the 3e during the championships of France.
We would have chickens 5 instead of 4 at the championships of France.
The disadvantage of the method: If qualified players change partners. How would it work? Specifically: A qualified player with an unqualified player, directly qualified pair in France? Not easy.
Why qualify these pairs automatically is interesting?
This will prevent players or pairs from attempting the adventure in other, less competitive areas. We know that the French Tennis Federation does not really appreciate these last minute streams. With this settlement, there will be less interest for pairs in strong areas to want to change.
Applicable from this year?
It would be a good thing if there were more pairs at the French paddle championships this year.
We had 16 teams present last year at the French Padel Championships. Why not add 4 extra pairs (the 4 best pairs of the French padel 2016 championships) for example, which would make 4 chickens of 5 pairs.
Add, 2, 3, 4 additional pairs? And on what basis? Not easy.
The French Tennis Federation is doing a lot of work right now, especially with the merging of regions that does not make things easier. It will certainly be easier to see how things evolve next year. Case to follow.
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.