Claudia fernandez : This name may vaguely ring a bell for having appeared in the final draws of the premier tournaments of the 2023 season. Claudia, an 18-year-old player, little known to the general public, and yet, promised to a bright future padel, it's obvious.

The revelation alongside Gemma Triay

The Madrilenian has already started to make herself a little known last year, notably having played with Victoria Iglesias at the end of the season. Both players had had good results, winning against higher ranked pairs, such as Osoro/Castello in Germany. But their biggest feat was still beating the number 2 seed at the WPT Mexico Open... Marta Ortega and Gemma Triay.

In the Ortega/Triay soap opera – which led to the separation at the start of the year – the name of Claudia Fernandez then appeared: very quickly, the young prodigy was announced as the new partner by Gemma Triay. A choice that may have surprised you. The Minorcan, world champion and former number 1, had always played alongside players with a lot of experience: Lucia Sainz, Alejandra Salazar and, most recently, Marta Ortega.

Gemma Triay and Claudia Fernandez

However, when Gemma Triay was asked why she left with Claudia, her answer was simple: “Claudia is the future of padel". In a recent interview, Gemma was full of praise for her new partner: emotionally stable, very calm acting, intelligent management of important moments... the promise of a bright future.

His debut in the padel

So, Claudia Fernandez is not a player we know well. At the microphone Padel Magazine, the young player looked back a little on her beginnings in the padel…although, very shy and not used to the exercise, she didn't tell us much about it.

However, what you need to know about Claudia is that she started the padel because its “father gave lessons“, whileshe was only 7, she who has only been since “2-3 years on the professional circuit“. Last year, she reached the quarter-finals, her best tournament result.

The revelation in Doha

From now on, his best result in a tournament... it's a final! Indeed, for their first tournament together, Triay and Fernandez have already reached the last round of a final draw. Without dropping a single set... solid!

In addition to that, Claudia Fernandez could well mark the history of padel in Doha, becoming the youngest player in history to win a major professional tournament. And on a Major, what’s more. For the moment, this record is held by Bea Gonzalez, who won his first tournament with the elite at the age of 18.

In any case, Claudia Fernandez already seems like a fish in water in the big leagues. During her semi-final in Qatar, she did better than hold off Alejandra Salazar in her diagonal. The least we can say is that she knew how to manage her beginnings with Gemma with a master's hand. From now on, she will have to face Paula Josemaria in the final in Doha.

Let's see if Gemma Triay and Claudia Fernandez will achieve the feat of taking out the world number 1s to win a first title… Start of response at 15:00 p.m. French time!

Gwenaelle Souyri

It was his brother who one day told him to accompany him on a track. padel, since then, Gwenaëlle has never left the court. Except when it comes to going to watch the broadcast of Padel Magazine, World Padel Tour… or Premier Padel…or the French Championships. In short, she is a fan of this sport.