Direction Spain for the Boronad / Fonteny doublet. The two gifted padel French, back from training with the French team, are preparing to live a completely new experience in Catalan lands. Before their departure, the two players born in 2007 confide in particular about their complicity, their ambitions and their beginnings in the padel.

You are both coming back from injury, are you 100%?

Timéo Fonteny: “I had periostitis on my legs, it lasted two weeks, and that’s why I wasn’t in great shape during the course.”

Yoan Boronad: “I was injured in January. I broke my right foot when I fell badly, it caused a stress fracture that lasted two and a half months. But now everything is fine.”

How did you find out about the padel ?

TF: “It was my parents who introduced me to this sport. A club opened near my house when I was 10 years old. I was playing tennis at the time, but I was hooked after ten minutes. At first I saw it as a hobby, then I saw that I was progressing and I started doing tournaments.”

YB: “I played tennis at the Mas club in Perpignan. I did a bit of both at the same time, then in 2019, I was selected to go to the French Regional Championships. I really enjoyed competing with young people my age. My uncle and my father were already playing padel, they were 40th and 50th French.”

How did you meet each-other ?

TF: “We met for the first time at the French Team Championships, in 2019. We played each other in the final! That year, we were also both selected to compete in the U12 World Championships.”

YB: “We were only 12 years old. A year or two later, we found ourselves in the national team in Mexico, and we got along very well.”

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Apart from the Mas, you are also close to Nox Academy of Barcelona, ​​where Libaak, Augsburger and Tapia train in particular…

YB: “I've already been there for three weeks, but that's nothing in a year and a half. We are in Perpignan full time with Alain Henry, but from June 2, we are going to live at the Nox house in Barcelona, ​​the Nox Future Academy (NFA). You definitely have to go through that. We lack sparring partners here, we really don't have enough players to play at a high level. This is then felt on the FIP, where we hold a set before giving up physically. The main change will be in intensity.”

You also returned from an internship with the French team, tell us…

YB: “We play with players better than us, who give us a lot of advice. Ben (Tison) and Pablo (Ayma) were great. I’m happy with myself, Timéo too.”

TF: “This year, I think it’s going to be complicated to be part of the 8, but why not next year.”

YB: “I don't feel legitimate for the July competition, some deserve much more than me, but for November, I'm going to try to be in the fight. If the selectors think that I don't have my place, I will completely understand that, and if they decide to count on me, I will do my best.

The P2 of Bordeaux, Roland-Garros…

TF: “We requested wild-cards for the P2 in Bordeaux and for Roland-Garros. We will have to prove and achieve good results in the next tournaments to deserve our place. In the coming weeks, we will align ourselves with the P1500 in Sète, then with the FIP Rise in Hamburg. When we are in Barcelona, ​​we will try to come back for the P2000 and the P1500, while prioritizing international tournaments.”

On the international scene, who are your role models? 

TF: “I really like Agustin Tapia and Alejandro Galan. Tapia has crazy talent, while Galan is very complete.”

YB: “Me, I’m more on Martin Di Nenno. A little rat who goes everywhere, who plays the break in defense every time, who makes no mistakes.”

The most impressive player during the training?

TF: “Bastien Blanqué really impressed me. He takes time on all the balls, he has monstrous anticipation and physically, he is everywhere.”

YB: “Same for me. He is huge because of his level of play and his attitude. We know he's a big executive, he's been there for a very long time. He encourages throughout the course, he plays every point thoroughly, he gives advice all the time. I really found him above the rest.”

Conquered by the Nox AT10 Luxury Genius 12K...

TF: “Before, I played with the “Hack03” of Bullpadel. When I tried the racket at Nox, I immediately fell in love with it. It has everything: hardness and maneuverability. I even had better sensations when smashing than with my old racket which had more weight in the handle.”

YB: “I played with the AT Attack, in the shape of a diamond. I realized that playing with a handy racket really changed everything. It's great to have balance in the center to be able to do a little bit of everything. We take the lightest rackets (360-365 g). If it is a little too heavy and hard to control at the back of the track, in the end, you lose a lot of points.

At Nox, there are plenty of other very good rackets, I could play with all the Luxury ones. The shoes are very good too, super light, super comfortable!”

The interview in full:

Note that for their new adventure, Timéo and Yoan are looking for new sponsors, if you are interested in a collaboration with these two young players, do not hesitate to send an email to: contact@team-up-talents.com.

It was through his father that Auxence discovered the padel, one evening in June 2018. Today, he passionately follows the international circuit and teases the pala in his training club, Toulouse Padel Club. You can also find it on La Feuille de Match and LesViolets.com, two specialist media on Toulouse Football Club.