DECRYPTION – Faced with the decline in its licensees, the French Tennis Federation hopes to bounce back with this very friendly and easy-to-access sport.
The padel comes out of the shadows under the blazing sun of Roland-Garros. A court, from Wednesday to Sunday, has been specially installed on number 5 in front of Philippe-Chatrier. A perfect setting for this little discipline on the rise. We saw Cyril Hanouna tease the ball with former winners of Roland Garros, like Sergi Bruguera. Padel, quèsaco? A racquet sport combining tennis and squash. A discipline from South American countries and Spain competing on a tennis court shortened by a few meters (20 m by 10 m), with plexiglass walls and grids on the sides. We hit the ball with big rackets and under-inflated balls, in a match format like in tennis. The bronze medalist at the Sydney Olympics Arnaud Di Pasquale, former DTN, converted to this discipline for a few years, promoted it on Thursday morning in his role as director of the padel mission at the FFT. “The padel, it is not done on the water (like the paddle, editor’s note)
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