Clément Geens and Benjamin Tison reached the round of 6 at the Amsterdam Open, after dominating the Dutch pair Van Opstal/Marseen. In just one hour of play, the Franco-Belgian duo won 2/6 2/XNUMX.
Whatever the result, this match would go down in history padel. In what was only the second main draw match in the history of the World Padel Tour without a Spaniard or an Argentinian (the first featured two Brazilian pairs: Lima / Jardim and Bergamini / Campagnolo), the winners would mark the history of their country. Never has a Dutchman, a Frenchman or a Belgian reached the 1/8 finals of a final draw in a tournament in World Padel Tour.
A match for history
The four players entered the court, their rackets a little shaking. In this match pitting qualifiers against a pair with a wild-card, the stakes were enormous. If Clément Geens had already marked the history of Belgium, by qualifying for the round of 16, the fairy tale could not end there for the Franco-Belgian pair. Faced with players outside the Top 400, there was more than one shot to play for the French speakers.
From the first game of the match, the Geens/Tison pair impose their rhythm and offer themselves the first break point in the first service game, on the only golden point of the meeting. If Clément and Benjamin fail to convert their opportunities from the start, they will catch up later and make the first break of the match.
Everything is going as planned for the Franco-Belgian duo who manage to establish their game, despite an already large audience, which supports their local players. No break points to defend: the path to the round of XNUMX seems clear for Geens/Tison.
At the end of a meeting with very little waste, Clément Geens and Benjamin Tison gave themselves the greatest gift by winning 6/2 6/2, reaching the round of XNUMX for the first time in a tournament in World Padel Tour.
"We are very happy"
After their meeting, Benjamin Tison and Clément Geens spoke on the microphone of World Padel Tour, unable to hide their joy and their certain emotion. “We are very happy, obviously. It’s been several times that I found myself in sixteenth and lost from the start… I love this city and I love this track”, confided the Frenchman.
For Clément Geens, the joy of this victory is accompanied by a real wish to continue to make the padel in Belgium. “I hope to be able to inspire young people by proving to them that, even in Belgium, you can have the opportunity to play at a high level,” he says. Anyone who considers this victory to be “the greatest success” of their career so far will now prepare for a dream round of XNUMX.
Clément and Benjamin will play poster winners Galan/Lebron in Garcia/Del Castillo, a pair straight out of qualifying like them.
On the French side, however, it did not work for Léa Godallier who lost in the first round with her partner, the future retiree Eli Amatriain. Complicated defeat, 6/2 6/2 against Marina Guinart and Carolina Navarro.
Last deadline for our French players today: the meeting of Alix Collombon and Lorena Rufo, who will be opposed to the lucky-losers Cañellas (60) and Aguilar (64). A move to play for our frenchie and his partner!
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.