It feels like we're in a time machine when, last year, at the start of the season, we asked ourselves the same question: who to stop Arturo Coello et Agustín Tapia ? However, this season started differently for them since they did not win the first tournament of the year, losing in three sets at P1 in Riyadh against Juan lebron et Alejandro galan.

Except that this first tournament looked more like a warm-up round for the two players who everything crushed in their path at the start of last season. Certainly, there was no first title in Riyadh – although a final – but there was one in Qatar Major in Doha. Today, the only ones we have seen really challenge Coello/Tapia are Lebron and Galan. Yes but now, everyone knows it now, Juan LeBron and Alejandro Galan play their last tournament together, after their “surprise” separation at the start of the season.

Coello Tapia Qatar Major

Less than an hour on the track on average

So yes, there are some very good teams this season on the circuit, but none really seem up to the challenge of Agu' and Arturo. This is not a lack of respect, but a simple fact: in Acapulco, Arturo Coello and Agustín Tapia spent less than three hours on the track, in three matches. Their longest meeting lasted 1h04 face Ivan Ramirez (34) et Pablo Garcia (101)

Today, in the semi-final, the Spanish-Argentinian pair will meet Sanyo Gutiérrez and Paquito Navarro, whom they had already met in the last four in Doha. A match which ended in a 6/4 6/0… in 43 minutes only. During this tournament in Qatar, none of their matches lasted more than an hour...

So, we ask again: who to arrest Arturo Coello and Agustín Tapia?

Strong adversaries?

In a few days, we will attend real musical chairs between the best pairs in the world. Already a few pairs have announced their separation, the latest being that of Fernando Belasteguin and Lucho Capra. The only ones who should not be impacted at the top of the rankings will be Di Nenno/Stupaczuk and Coello/Tapia. Franco Stupaczuk and Martin Di Nenno who have yet to reach a final this season.

So, in the end, in front, there are not many people left to challenge the Coello/Tapia mountain. Even if the teams announced for the next tournaments sell dreams (Chingotto/Galan, Navarro/Lebron, Tello/Belasteguin), nothing says that they can perform well from the first tournaments. Therefore, the only real adversariess of Arturo Coello and Agustin Tapia, at present, are Stupa and Di Nenno.

The next tournaments will therefore tell us if Arturo Coello and Agustín Tapia have actually started again on the same basis as last year. But, in view of the latest performances of these two players, we wonder who could come and bother them at the top…

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.