For this new Year, Padel Magazine had fun study which players had evolved the most in the French top 100, not over one year as previously analyzed, but over 2 years... And you will see that we find well-known faces from the French circuit.
For the moment, we have focused on the men's circuit due to the reduced number of active competitors 2 years ago.
1- Joshua Schbeir: voted “the best progression”
The champion of champions is Joshua Schbeir, alias Josh, who managed in 2 years to finish in the French top 100 while he was the 1988th French player at the end of 2021. This is a jump of 1892 places. This young 17-year-old player (born in 2006) has quite a left-handed paw. He demonstrated it to us again during the French Youth Championships which took place in Aix-en-Provence last August. He finished the year in 98th place in France with 58 tournaments held over the last 12 months.
2- Baptiste Fabre: very effective in tournaments!
Baptiste Fabre is not unknown in the world of padel, having been on the circuit since 2019. In the last two years, he has intensified his practice, and the results are visible.
Ranked 1792nd in France in 2021, he is now in the top 100 in France, reaching 95th in France after “only” 30 tournaments.
An analysis of his career reveals that he wins on average 228 points per tournament, a rather high ratio. For comparison, Joshua, the 98th French player, has an average of 117 points per tournament.
3- Thomas Seux: regularity
1393 places gained in 2 years and 66th place in France. This is quite a performance for Thomas Seux, because we know how increasingly complicated it is becoming to reach the French top 50. With 40 tournaments padel on the clock, there are around 200 points won per tournament, a good consistency.
Damien Lozano and Paul Forichon: the tops of the assimilated people
There are two French players who benefited from assimilation and who were able to take advantage of this little help put in place by the FFT to avoid finding too strong players at low rankings.
Damien Lozano achieves a flawless performance: ranked 600th French player in 2022, he finishes the 2023 season in 53rd place in France. Note that he is in this ranking since in December 2021, he only had one tournament and was in 6158th place.
Paul Forichon, who surprised with his jump of 572 places gained in one year, is also one of those assimilated players who have been able to progress well over the last two years. Assimilated 1500th in 2022, he ends 2023 in 88th place in France. Paul also benefits from a particular rise since in December 2021, he was 4982nd French player.
Find some previous posts on the same theme HERE.
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.