Team GB places 5th and 10th in Europe

Team Great Britain achieved the best European results so far placing 5th (Men’s team) and 10th (Ladies team) at the XI European Padel Championships 2017.

This year’s championships, organised by the International Padel Federation, took place in the town of Estoril, Portugal, between the 13th and 18th of November. Fifteen National Men’s teams and eleven National Women’s teams participated.

The Men’s GB team performed incredibly well: they beat Sweden, Belgium and Czech Republic, and were only beaten by the two favourites Spain and Portugal, who came first and second respectively. Nonetheless, it was a great learning experience and the results against Spain in particular were tighter than they have ever been.

The Ladies also made the team proud: they were reading the games and maintaining a very positive attitude throughout every match, despite loosing to two very strong teams in the group stages, The Netherlands and Portugal; and to Poland and Switzerland in the main draw. The experience of playing against some of the best players in the world proved to be an invaluable learning curve for our girls.

This event would have not been possible without the support of our partners. We would like to extend a special thank you to Adidas, PadelShack, Setteo and Babolat for believing in the development of this fantastic sport. Also, thank you to our coaches Mauricio Andrini and Carolina Prado for their continued support.

Men’s Team: Mauri Andrini (Coach), John Leach (Captain), Richard Brooks, Sam Jones, Christian Medina Murphy, Tom Murray, Ryan Wyatt, Graeme Darlington, and Oliver White.

Ladies Team: Carolina Prado (Coach), Tia Norton, Shoko Okamura, Hanna Maddock, Zuzka Patacho Herrero, Bethany Gardner, Paula Asensio, Lizzie Wilson, and Karen Hazzard.