The padel, this combination of tennis, squash and ball, is one of the few approved, on outside grounds solely, throughout the confinement. For many Béarnais, this sport which is performed by 4 individuals, like a tennis double, is the solely outlet throughout a teleworking day. “In this complicated period, it allows you to have fun, to let off steam, outdoors”, explains Dominique, after his Sunday morning sport. He has been taking part in for 2 months, twice every week with Antoine, particularly, for whom the padel can also be a method “to see people, friends, colleagues … other people than my wife and my daughter!”
We are full from morning to nighttime. From 6.30 a.m. to six.30 p.m.
In Béarn we depend about twenty padel courts. Most indoors, others open air. The outside grounds are the solely ones allowed to stay open throughout containment. There are due to this fact solely two potentialities for followers of the Pau agglomeration: to go and play at the Tennis Club of Pau or at Rugby Park 64, in Idron. This isn’t a lot, given the quantity of amateurs in the agglomeration and the frequency with which they play. Some on daily basis, others twice a day. “We are full from morning to night. From 6.30 am to 6.30 pm!”, explains the treasurer of TC Pau and president of the Padel Commission at the Ligue Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Pierre Bidegaray.
To reserve a web site it’s important to rise up early, or be affected person. At TC Pau reservations are made on-line. The slots open at 7 am, 7 days prematurely. “At 7:01 am or 7:02 am, all the slots of the day are taken”, continues Pierre Bidegaray. To play at Rugby Park 64 it’s important to decide up your telephone and infrequently wait every week or two earlier than you’ll be able to reserve a pitch.
A enjoyable, pleasant and accessible sport
One of the explanations for this success is the facet enjoyable and accessible padel. Which make it virtually addicting. For Antoine, “Everyone can have fun, whatever their level. Children, young people, the not so young …” Not to say the quantity of sports activities followers, particularly collective ones, pissed off by the finish of the championships, who take to padel.
More than 70,000 individuals apply padel in France presently. Given the enthusiasm and the quantity of land building initiatives, this sport from Mexico might maybe seduce in France as a lot as in Spain, the place it’s the second sport after soccer with the most gamers.