Gemma Triay, the former first player of the World Padel Tour from 2020 to 2022 experienced a 2023 season which is not one of his “favorites”.

The injury to her previous partner Alejandra Salazar, this separation which caused so much talk and the new association with Marta Ortega last June were not easy to manage for the 31-year-old player.

For 2024, the Spaniard wants to finally find “stability” and inevitably regain her first place in the world.

The current 3rd player in the world (FIP ranking) spoke to microphone from Marca.

A 2023 season not easy

Asked by Marca newspaper about last season, Triay admitted: “The year was not bad, but it was not one of my favorites due to the difficulties linked to the changes.

It was particularly hard during the summer with the breakup with Alejandra Salazar, and it is not easy to start with a new partner without prior preparation and training.”

“We have had good weeks and others not so much, but the record of the tournaments we have played together is good.”

Know yourself better and be confident

As for what they lacked to reach an additional level, Triay insists on the need to know each other better: “Knowing each other mentally, knowing what each of us needs, this creates confidence and tranquility on the ground which allows you to play more relaxed.” She plans intensive preparation with a psychologist to strengthen their understanding.

Rumors that have no reason to be

Faced with rumors of separation, Triay confirms that their partnership will continue in 2024: “Marta and I will continue together. My decision after the end with Alejandra was to do this year with Marta and continue in 2024. Obviously, if it had gone very badly, maybe I would have said no, but we know how we operate and what we have to do."


Salazar and Triay suffered from their separation

Triay expresses the difficulty of dealing with speculation and comments on social media, especially after the separation from Salazar was published. “It was very difficult, but now it’s calmer, and time has passed. With Alejandra too, we talked and put aside what hurt us. We both suffered, she from the breakup and me from the way it was published.”

World Padel Tour / Premier Padel / Olympic Games

As vice-president of the players' association board of directors, Triay was involved in negotiations between World Padel Tour et Premier Padel. “We decided that (join Premier Padel) it was the right direction to take. (…) We hope to play in emblematic places and who knows maybe one day at the Olympic Games. I don’t think I’ll be able to take part, but the younger ones probably can.”

In 2032, for the Olympic Games in Australia, if the padel made her entry, the Spaniard would then be 40 years old. On paper, anything is possible.

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.