World number 1 in 2014 with Juani Mieres then with Fernando Belasteguín from 2015 to 2017, Pablo Lima will compete in the 2021 season alongside Agustín Tapia, the Argentinian phenomenon. Before the serious things started, the Brazilian gave a interview to the Italian site Mr Padel Paddle, taken over by the Corriere dello Sport.
A auriverde exception?
The current world number 5 could not escape football as a child but he quickly preferred the path of the pitches of padel : “I discovered it when I was 9 because my dad played it. Brazil doesn't have a big connection with racket sports". It is true that if Gustavo Kuerten has put his country at the top of the world hierarchy, in particular by winning three Roland Garros, the next generation is slow to arrive. Fortunately, actors are mobilized to enable the development of padel in the land of Corcovado.
According to Lima, there is no shortage of good players, but they would have to take the risk of going into exile in order to promote the padel Brazilian more: “There has always been a large breeding ground in Brazil but many players have decided not to go abroad. For example, João Pedro Flores is one of those young players who could achieve great results in Europe. Julio Julianoti and Stefano Flores are a strong pair in Brazil but I have the feeling that they did not have the ambition to face the best. They are very good players who could play the World Padel Tour quietly". (Editor's note: these two players play the APT Padel Tower and so we could soon see them at work in Europe)
2020 has really not been a great year for the man with 367 victories and 47 tournaments won on the World Padel Tour. Pablo Lima had never won so little. Enough to provoke a salutary introspection to start moving forward in 2021: "JI think this is due to many factors. This is without a doubt the year that I reached my highest level since I started playing. Buthen you don't win, that means others have done better than you, you have to admit ”.
On the track, the Brazilian knows the points he needs to improve to once again obtain results that meet expectations : “I think I'm more tactical and disciplined. I believe all players are a mix of different aspects. In my case, I have order in my game and I always try to give the best of myself to make the pair work ”.
Pair of fire with Tapia
First radical measure: Pablo Lima will no longer team up with Paquito Navarro. His duo did not have the rendering hoped for by the two players. The Brazilian takes stock of this association: "JI think the lack of continuity affected me more than anything else. With Paquito we had high expectations as a pair, but we didn't perform as expected ”.
For the coming season, Lima will be associated with Agustín Tapia and the prospect of seeing a South American pair that goes beyond the rivalry between Brazil and Argentina is salivating. “Tapia is an extraordinary player, with both physical and technical potential. He can progress a lot. He will be a great actor for a very long time. Our objective is of course to fight and to play the first positions ”. We can't wait for the WPT to resume to see this new association at work!