In the footsteps of the National Tennis Cup, the most famous of amateur tennis competitions, the National Padel Cup caused a sensation in Cap d'Agde.

From October 25 to 31, the Cap d'Agde International Tennis Center presented its 3 new tennis courts. padel to welcome the National Padel Cup. 2 ephemeral fields were also installed in addition to host the largest French competition of padel.

Some numbers…

More than 600 pairs participating in the National Padel Cup as well as nearly 200 pairs throughout the week.

2 players of the world top 100, Sergio Alba and Carlos Serralde as well as the recent French champion Robin Haziza and Mathieu Barrot from the club padel de Manosque have produced a magnificent demo.

The show also took place throughout the week with in particular the best French pairs to try to win the 1ages edition of the National Padel Cup

The big surprises ...

In women, the French champions of padel Audrey Casanova and Laura Clergue were beaten by the Perpignan pair Line Meites / Mai Vo (7/6, 7/6). The pair from Club du Mas achieved a huge match. Line Meites played on the right unlike the French championships where she played on the left (3e), Mai Vo played on the left and arrived as a stranger at Cap d'Agde ... Remember that Line Meites' with Emmeline Lambghts) had already played a semi-final made to the vice-champions of France of padel Geraldine Sorel and Sandy Godard won 6 - 3 3 - 6 10 - 7 (deciding game).

Line Meites / Mai Vo is definitely the new winning formula. It's an aggressive pair that does not let opponents breathe.

« This is our greatest victory Thus expressed the two players inevitably very satisfied with their performance against the French number 1.

The effect of surprise is consumed, the next time they will be eagerly awaited.

In mixed, in the opinion of all, the global level " has never been so raised ". In the final, we find two known pairs: Laura Clergue / Jérôme Ferrandez against Alizé Cornet and Michael Kusaj. What a game ! While we saw the champion of France associated with the vice champion of France winning this competition, the Cornet / Michael pair showed an astonishing strength of character.

The first set is one-sided for the favorites. It is then that they lose their focus slightly by making a few mistakes, the match is balanced. Cornet / Kusaj plays smart by making them play as much as possible and taking advantage of a few mistakes. This decisive strategy promises to be decisive. Final score: 2 - 6 7 - 6 10 - 4

In mixed, Alizé Cornet and Michael Kusaj stands out as the new pair to beat.

At men's, it's a half-surprise because we know the value of Laurent Umbert and Bastien Blanqué… The Midi-Pyrénées league is very strong and they unfortunately narrowly missed the accession to the French championships of padel.

Faced with the vice champions of France, the strategy is simple for the Midi-Pyrenees pair: Laurent Umbert plays a game described by some as " false rhythm "Or" slow "Playing the opponents badly while Bastien Blanquet smashes smashes to kill the points. The association is explosive.

Faced with Jérôme Ferrandez and Laurent Boulade, they play perfection. Perhaps a little tired for Jerome Ferrandez after his previously complicated mixed defeat ...

The match is very close, but it is ultimately Toulouse who win. Final score: 6/4 7/6.

The National Padel Cup will continue to evolve

The first edition has exceeded all expectations in terms of number of players ... But the organization can do better. Corrections are already planned and an unexpected show could see the light next year ...

To participate in the final stages of 2016, it will be necessary to go through qualifying phases that will start in January / February.

Franck Binisti

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.