Robin Haziza, champion de France de padel 2015 et 2016 (avec Jérémy Scatena), champion d’Europe de padel par équipe 2015, se lance dans le grand bain international en tentant sa chance sur le circuit professionnel : Le World Padel Tour.
He tells us about his life in Spain, his generality and his ambitions.
Prepa before the competition
Since early January, Robin is in physical preparation. A phase of break-in and learning necessary for the next events tells us Robin. Why ? Because " the Spanish padel is not the French padel we know. We must deprogram at times to acquire the right gestures and especially the good tactics ».
And it can take time! That's why Robin has no short-term goals for obvious reasons: " First, I'm going to play with a well known Argentinian player from the French public initiated, Dario Gauna, and it always takes time to find the right automatisms with his partner. Then because we will have to digest this pre-season »
"Digestion can take a little while"
Since 3 weeks, our champion of France realizes perhaps "a dream", but it is also and especially for the moment "a huge work, physical first and of course padelistic then ". All this combined, " it will take a little time to be fully operational on the grounds ».
"I am becoming aware of many things, and there is a time of digestion. But for example, I learned a lot of things tactically. Shots to be made under certain conditions. Put the ball in the right place at the right time instead of typing like a deaf man. "
"A partner who will bring me a lot"
Association with 15e Catalan player Dario Gauna is promising, but the grounds will speak.
« We are going to do 5 paddle tournaments together to see how it works between us. We will then see ».
40 years old, but still competitor, " Dario is the player who can bring me a lot ". First, "He has international experience that I do not have "Then" he knows how the professional circuit works, all the game strategies »
Recall that Dario is former world top 60 and has gained great experience with now his 40 years on the clock.
Objectifs : Le World Padel Tour et le circuit catalan.
It is said and it is normal, Robin focuses on his international career which necessarily goes first and foremost by Spain.
« Le classement français pour le moment m’attire un peu moins , puisque je suis très concentré sur le circuit catalan et le World Padel Tour ».
"Mais je vais néanmoins faire le maximum pour faire le Head Padel Open, la National Padel Cup (qui sera cette année un P1000) et les championnats de France de padel."
"The Catalan circuit starts the 1er February but the real season starts for me in March. "
Change of French partner?
For now, nothing is final yet, but chances are that the adventure with Jeremy Scatena stops there which will result in redistributing the cards for the future championships of France padel.
"So, I will try to associate with a young player with potential to bring him all my experience and try with him to go as far as possible during the French deadlines even if it will certainly be difficult for us to be operational this year. But it's a real challenge for me and it's exciting. "
"My decision is not yet taken. We will see what happens. "
How is it happening in Spain?
Rob s’entraine à Padel Augusta, club oudoor et semi-indoor. Tout est brandé Marta marrero car il s’agit de son fief.
"It is now 3 weeks that I am in Spain and I am in full physical preparation and padel. This will last from 6 to 8 weeks. This is the pre-season before the professional tournaments called pretemporada. A very important step by which all padel professionals pass ».
« My great luck is to be totally integrated into a group of professional players. I work among other things with the world number one Marta Marrero. We are coached by the famous coach Juan Alday, the coach of Marrero and Salazar and considered the coach of the year 2016 ».
"By the way, it's official, but I join the team "Circle Sabadells". A Catalan first division team, to play team games in Catalonia and also the Spanish championship. This means that I will definitely play against some of the world's top players."
Can you describe a typical day?
The daily schedule is 3h padel and 2 hours of physics a day.
« The huge advantage is to train continuously with tops players. »
The day is as follows:
"2h training with Marta Marrero's group. We work a lot of technique or tactics. Sometimes we are 2 sometimes 4. It changes a lot. But little basket, rather situations except for specific hits like the bandja. »
« Then 1h the afternoon after physics and padel again but with a more focused and more technical work with the individual coach 16h 17h. »
"Je will also be probably sparing by moment of Bela in his club and we will organize again with his team padel courses open to all. »
"I left for the whole season, that is until next December. The idea is to remake an extra year. But we are not there ..."
France takes Spain by storm?
"There is an incredible craze. It's really good that the French go to Spain. This is due a lot to the enormous explosion of the padel in France. many want to professionalize themselves. We have to go to Spain. It's very good for the level of the French padel."
Are you with your club?
"Real Padel, c’est mon bébé et restera mon bébé. C’est mon ADN. J’ai la gestion totale du site pour le padel. Au quotidien, c’est Kevin Fouquet qui gère le club. Melissa est également en soutien. Quand il y a besoin, je suis également là. Je reste toujours là pas très loin du club, même si on me verra un peu moins au club cette année. J’ai confiance en Kevin, c’est un monstre "
Any advice you could give to readers?
"Take your time and stay calm on a field during an exchange. The longer an exchange lasts, the better. So do not panic. Playing not necessarily fast but moving his opponents and wait for the right situation to take the net.
"Besides, the real difference between the players in the final round of the world paddle tour and us is that they trade longer than us, even if their defense is obviously better than us."
"Speed increases the risk."
Interview by 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.