During the semi-final at the Master Final in Barcelona between the pair Stupa/Di Nenno and Lebron/Galan, an incident attracted attention. In full action, a lob executed by Galan led Stupa, in position to smash, to find himself destabilized by a verbal intervention from Lebron.
Tense exchange on the track
At the crucial moment when the Argentinian Stupa was about to hit the ball, Lebron's words seemed to have disturbed him, leading to a very wooden smash. Stupa later suggested that this distraction was due to Lebron's words.
- Franco Stupa: “Don’t talk to me when I’m going to hit the ball. I’ll knock and you talk to me.”
- Juan Lebron: “No, Franco, no. I have enormous respect.”
An ambiguous situation to interpret
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Alta tension between Stupa and Lebrón— Out Of Context Padel (@ocpadel) December 16, 2023
Franco: "No me hables when I see a player in the ball. You have an impact and I have skills".
Lebrón: "No Franco, no. Tengo un respeto barbaro" #MasterFinalBCN #Lebron #Stupa #DiNenno #Galan pic.twitter.com/jGAD9r8oWb
Despite this incident and the palpable tension, the Spanish pair Lebron/Galan managed to win in two tight sets 7/5 7/5.
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