Padel is basically a cross between tennis and squash, played with a tennis ball but with hard, spongey bats. It is huge in Spain and Latin America. We went to the end of season Masters Finals where the top 8 doubles teams in the world faced off to become “World Champion”.
Quite amazing to watch. The court itself has gates at the centre of the court either end of the net, and players can leave the court to play the ball if the situation arises. The game itself is not a matter of power. In fact, it is more about finesse and placement than anything else. Serves are underarm and the the pace is taken off the ball regularly in order to create opportunities for winners. #padel #padelmasters #madrid #spain #estrelladamm #tennis #wpt #worldpadeltour
We were staying in Madrid, some 350 kilometres away. We zoomed down to Valencia and got into the small outlying suburb of Massamagrell; or so we thought. Our GPS had taken us to the address where the Trinquet was supposed to be. There was a school and not much else, so we explored the town a little more. We eventually found Calle Trinquet, where a court was and wandered in through the huge metal gate. A couple of people were inside ready to play but no crowd. When they finally realised we wanted to see a match, they directed us to the town a couple of kilometres away. Our GPS had taken us to Massalfassar instead!!!
Finding the trinquet in Massamagrell was no mean feat either. Even though we kind of knew where it was supposed to be, there was no markings on the building or the door to get in. We drove around the small town for 30 minutes. We went to the school, the public frontons, the police station, a junior pilota club and then finally found the elusive door!!
Pilota is a traditional sport played mainly in the Valencia region. Unless you see it for yourself you won’t believe what you are seeing. Spectators sit on the steps on the court and are IN PLAY. Others sit on the court under the net and are also in play! It is truly unique and well worth seeking out if you are ever in the area. #pilotavaleciennes #valencianpilota #trinquet #fronton #pelota #valencia #spain #pucholII #raspall
We arrived in Billund, more famous for Legoland than anything else and drove up to Herning for the Quarter Final of the Women’s World Championship between arch-rivals Denmark and Sweden. Out of 15,000 there were only 50 Swedish supporters which took partisan to a new level. The atmosphere was incredible and myself and Rob managed to get courtside seats. It was a brilliant match made even better when we caught up with our Danish mate from Dubai – World Number 2 Badminton player Jan O Jorgensen, who’s girlfriend was playing for Denmark! #handball #herning #denmark #worldhandballchampionships #IHF #sweden #jyskebankboxen