What if it gets too fast! After the Granada Open, stage of World Padel Tour, we say to ourselves that the level of champions is certainly exceptional, but on closer inspection, we might wonder if we have not gone from one extreme to another.

Express matches

For the men, we were treated to a final in two hung sets…which ended in 1h07. Few exchanges to get your teeth into, and therefore perhaps a little (a lot?) of frustration on the part of the public and viewers.

Granada is a city located at altitude, and the temperatures were already summery this weekend. Very fast conditions which obviously favored the fast game.

A show that can become boring?

One thing is certain, seeing smashes from the baseline all the time can get boring. This blow, supposed to be exceptional, becomes almost banal when we add the fast conditions of this week in Andalusia to players who are always stronger physically and technically.

Result: a tournament with very few long rallies among the men and a lack of variety, which is precisely what normally makes the charm of this sport. On the other hand, among the girls, we were able to enjoy more spectacle and fewer extension points which can sometimes be boring.

On the World Padel Tour, it is always the same carpet that is used until now. Should the organizers adapt it according to the conditions? Or change the balls completely? We also don't want to end up like in Mexico a year and a half ago when the exchanges lasted for hours…

What are your opinions on the subject?

Franck Binisti

Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Club des Pyramides in 2009 in the Paris region. Since padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France going to cover the major events of padel French.