Padel breaking ground in the Principality
Last week from September 8 to 13, 2015, was the first edition of the Monte-Carlo Padel Masters organized in the Chapiteau de Fontvieille by Monte-Carlo International Sports under the leadership of Fabrice Pastor. The best top 32 players in the world competed to gain precious points for the official classification. The Principality has joined the Padel professional circuit and marked the entry of the sport in Monaco and France, adding to the presence of the sport in three continents. Prince Albert, an avid sports fan, did the honors and attended a match on Thursday, September 10. I heard through the grapevine that he might be thinking of building a Padel court in the family’s country home, and with the Sovereign’s support the future of Padel in the Principality is assured.
Didier Deschamps and Thomas Johansson participated in Pro Am exhibition
On Sunday, before the final match, there was a Celebrities Prom Am with the participation of Didier Deschamps, coach of the French National Footbal Team, former Swedish tennis player Thomas Johansson and the former basketball player Sarunas Marciulionis to name a few.
Didier Deschamps becomes an ambassador of a sport he loves. In an interview with Pierre du Terrail correspondent for Monaco and Nice Matin, Deschamps confirmed he discovered Padel in Cassis when he was a trainer in Marseille, since 2009, and plays regularly with Fabrice Pastor in the home of friend Christian Collange in Beausoleil. Referring to the masters in Monte-Carlo he added: “To be able to watch live a such high level show is fantastic and will help to promote the sport.”
To confirm that women also love the sport there was a female padel exhibition match with the talented twins Alayeto who are No. 1 in the female World Padel Ranking and the pair Marta Marrero (No.3) & Marta Ortega (No.9).
Monaco has a cheerleading squad
The Dolls Stars of Monaco put a great show to encourage the padel teams. Bravo to the cheerleading squad!
The final was won 63 61 by the No. 1 pair in the men’s World Padel Ranking of Fernando Belasteguin (better known as Bela) from Argentina, who has been WPT No.1 for more than 13 years, and Pablo Lima from Brasil, ranked WPT No. 2, obtaining their 6th consecutive title. They beat the duo ranked 3rd in the world of Paquito Navarro from Spain (WPT No.4) and Matias Santiago Sangiorgo known as the Warrior, who was originally from Argentina but is now a citizen from Spain. The winning pair received the trophy of the first edition of the Monte-Carlo Master Padel.
Facts about Padel
Padel is a racquet sport, typically played in doubles on an enclosed court a third the size of a tennis court. Scoring is the same as normal tennis and the balls used are similar but with a little less pressure, the main differences are that the court has walls and the balls can be played off them in a similar way as in the game of squash and that solid, stringless racquets are used. The height of the ball being seved must be at or below the waist level. There are different organizations regulating the sport but the most important padel circuit is World Padel Tour (WPT) which started in Spain and has now reached international expansion.
- Players: Singles use 6x20m instead of 10x20m.
- Serves: Both 1st and 2nd serves must be underhand.
- Score: Scoring method is the same as in tennis.
- Ball: Very similar to tennis balls. Tennis balls are sometimes used.
- Paddle: Solid with no strings. May be perforated.
- Walls: Walls are used as part of the game.
Back in Monaco in 2016
The World Padel Tour (WPT) continues in Spain going from Madrid, Seville, Galicia, then moving to Dubai, San Sebastian, Barcelona and Valencia with the Master-Final to be played in Madrid in December. The World Padel Masters will return to Monaco in September 2016.
Fabrice Pastor was quoted in Monaco-Matin as saying: “For me it is a dream to have a tournament at home and on top it is a Master!” He added: “Next year it will be even better because I have total confidence in the future of this sport.”