Present at Human Padel open, William Servat, former player of Stade Toulousain and the French rugby team took part in the Cupra All Star Padel Ranges with the singer Eyal. At the microphone Padel Magazine, the EDF rugby forwards coach tells us about his meeting with the padel.

Padel Magazine : How did you discover this sport? We talk a lot about the section padel of the Toulouse Stadium...

William Servat: The facilities are stuck to the club, of course, it's easier to find out. It's been a year and a half that I know the padel. My wife got into it so she automatically attracted me a little bit to this sport.

Servat-Eyal Cupra All Star Padel Ranges

It's so pleasant, you take pleasure very quickly, there is no need to have an excellent level. Unlike tennis, you quickly take pleasure. There are four of us, we always share moments before and after the matches, inevitably it attracts. A lot of people around us got into it, it allows to have a little competition between us and to stay in contact with some old. We share great moments, it's a great sport.

PM: We have spoken with Didier Deschamps of the fact that it would be possible one day to see courses of padel for footballers. Would this also be a possibility for rugby players?  

WS: Beyond the internship padel, I think there are a lot of rugby players who get into it. They play between competitions, on the recovery months where they can actually get a little sweaty fun. It is not necessarily very risky muscularly speaking and they take advantage of it.

Servat-Eyal Human Padel Open

There was a desire from Marcoussis to put two fields of padel inside the National Rugby Center (CNR) to try to bring this fun aspect to both the staff and the players. The objective is that people can meet outside of competitions and that people who work for the federation can also play with the players. It's a great opening, it allows everyone to meet.

PM: What is the best pair of padel in the French rugby team? Do you have a name to give us?

WS: You know, almost all the players of the France team play padel so indeed, there was the pair Ramos/Sheepish, but hey she was dethroned and honestly they missed it a bit. I think there are plenty of players who are gifted, there are Anthony (Jelonch), at the moment he plays less with his knee injury. Obviously there is 'Pools'(Anthony Dupont), Cyril Baille, who know racket sports and who also play very well padel.

Ramos Penaud the pair of padel who hurts rugby

PM: There are a lot of people from Toulouse (laughs)

WS: It's true that there are a lot of players from Toulouse, after you know the facilities are next door. Stade Toulousain gives all members of the club the opportunity to play at padel, to have free slots and to be able to go there often. The proximity of the facilities makes the difference!

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Vincent Gallie

A fan of oval football, round ball but also racket sports, he was stung by the padel during his adolescence in Galicia. As comfortable in front of the camera as behind a microphone, Vince will be able to bring his vision and expertise as a fan of the little yellow ball.