Robin Haziza, member of the French padel team, looks back on his adventure on the World Padel Tour. The French padel champion in 2015 and 2016 and co-founder of Real Padel Club à Sophia Antipolis veut vivre sa passion à fond et repousser les portes du padel français. Interview.
A French in Spain, on the professional circuit. Why ?
I am the French number one. And I wanted to know the taste of the professional circuit. And for that, no choice, you have to try his luck in Spain, the Mecca of the professional padel.
Le World Padel Tour est le circuit professionnel de padel de référence. Et si je veux voir ce que je peux faire là-bas, il faut venir sur place.
Now, we'll have to work and prove ... and who knows?
Change of life, we can say that you are an emissary of the French padel in Spain?
Je suis le premier français à partir à Barcelone pour tenter une aventure sur le circuit professionnel de padel. Forcément, ça ne va pas être évident au départ. Il s’agit d’un sacrifice. Mais la passion vous motive. L’objectif est de tenter de se faire un place dans ce milieu très hispanophone. Et ça ne va pas être évident. Il y a très peu d’étrangers encore pour l’instant sur le World Padel Tour.
And I think that we do not necessarily realize in France the enormous level that there is in Spain. In boys, the road will be long.
I am lucky to be well surrounded. With me, one of the best coaches in the world, Juan Alday. I put all the chances on my side so that it happens the best possible.
You talk boys ... In ladies, is there not an opportunity to seize?
Of course, girls are also complicated. But there are nevertheless far fewer players on the pro circuit. Competition is less tough. Maybe there is something to do. We see some players with little padel behind them perform quickly at the WPT. In men, before entering the main draw, it takes time.
The first before other French players, it would be logical no?
I think some will see how it goes in Spain first. In Barcelona, there is nothing to complain about. And then it's to play padel. So I think it will be a great experience.
But indeed, the padel is in full development in France. It feels a lot, there is no reason that I'm the only French very long.
Moreover, as you write so well, padel does not develop in France and this is perhaps the good news, especially for the professional circuit. There may well be other foreigners on the professional circuit in the next few years.
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.