Padel Magazine - High day in color. At the International Open in Lisbon, the leaders leave no room for outsiders to shine in this first tournament outside of Spain this season.
This first round was therefore unsurprising. The favorites are gone and we will see Friday 11 October 2013 certainly a little more suspense.
Throughout the day, many visitors, fans, and curious to come to the Lisboa Racket Center to see live the best players in the world compete. And as you would expect the show was at the rendezvous.
On the central court, for example, we had a generation conflict between Gastón Malacalza / Alejandro Ruiz Muñoz and Godo Díaz / Matías Marina. It was finally Malacalza and Ruiz Munoz who managed to win 7-5 and 7-6.
We also had great show with Agustín Gómez Silingo aka the "gunner" and Federico Quiles who had a lot to do against the formidable pair Juan Romagosa-Ignacio Gadea. Favorites on paper, they had to fight hard to win in 3 sets: 6-7 6-2 7-5. This is a victory that may cost them dear because the physical battle was important.
Meanwhile, the two best players on Padel's world circuit, who are no longer present, comfortably and quickly put things clear against their opponents of the day. Juan Martín Díaz and Fernando Belasteguin then won 6-1 6-2 against Hector Marcos Perona and Raúl Durán who did absolutely nothing.
Pablo Lima and Juani Mieres exposed their talents by giving a padel lesson to Cristian Calneggia and Gerardo Derito (6-0, 6-1).
By the way, here are some interesting videos. One concerns the remarks made by the players during the matches and the second more serious concerning the adaptation of the Portuguese referees who do not necessarily speak Spanish. Very interesting…
In women, it was necessary to clarify the situation of the pro circuit. Indeed, the women's circuit is currently criticized. The World Padel Tour also issued a statement saying that it continued to support the women's circuit and its commitment to the women's professional circuit remains total. There should be some clarifications this week, but at least it has allowed us to postpone possible dissonance between the players and the WPT and to prevent all problems from breaking out in the middle of the tournament, which is more outside. The image of the international padel would have taken a dirty blow.
Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Pyramid Club in 2009 in the Paris region. Since then padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France by going to cover the big French paddle events.