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.

Replicas exchanged

  • 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

We invite you to view the images and form your own opinion on this controversial episode.

Despite this incident and the palpable tension, the Spanish pair Lebron/Galan managed to win in two tight sets 7/5 7/5.

Franck Binisti

Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Club des Pyramides in 2009 in the Paris region. Since padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France going to cover the major events of padel French.