Five years after his arrival in Norges-la-Ville, padel continues its expansion in Côte-d’Or. Dijon now also has two locations, at 1, boulevard Maréchal-de-Lattre-de-Tassigny. The chance to discover this hit discipline and this “connected and autonomous” room.
QR code, digital tablet…
An appointment will therefore be made on Wednesday 20 April with Thomas Brissaud. Monitor at the Dijon Tennis-Club (TCD), he plays padel for five years and was part of the 40 best French. It was he who suggested the club to create grounds to practice this Mexican-born sport. At the entrance to the Padel Park, the tone of the digital journey is set: you must scan the QR code you received after booking the session on the Fit Arena application to access the room. Thanks to the glass walls, which are also play elements, the clarity of the site is unmistakable.
Entering one of the two playgrounds, Thomas Brissaud introduces me to another digital tool. “On this digital tablet, players can define the teams and then edit the match sheet by indicating the games and sets marked, the padel with the same points system as tennis. The score is also broadcast on a giant screen. †
play with the walls
After a warm-up, it’s time to get to work. My goal: Thomas Brissaud, my doubles partner for this match, not to ‘pound’ too much. After playing tennis and badminton for several years, padel is a first. Our two opponents, Antoine Boyer and Louis Cellier – also members of the TCD – are seasoned players.
The first feelings are very good: the racket lies well in the hand, I manage to hit the ball in the other side without difficulty. It is more difficult when the opponent’s reference is long. My teammate advises me to wait for the rebound on the ground and then the rebound on the wall before taking another volley. But I didn’t anticipate the trajectory well and my first attempts failed. Fortunately, no one has the idea to press the button on the tablet so that the sequence can be displayed on the mobile application. Because the sessions are of course filmed with a camera.
A fun sport where you make fast progress
” It will come! I’m guaranteed. That’s right: my progress over the minutes is real. The exchanges last, and even if I don’t have the same touch as the others, I like to try lobsters , win volleys and defend against opponent attacks. But the games go by… At 0-5, our burst of pride allows us to win two games, before we hit the . losses set 2-6.
Despite the defeat, my discovery of the padel is a true success. The discipline turns out to be both playful and rhythmic. Another positive point: you don’t waste time or energy getting the balls, given the dimensions of the field (20 x 10 meters). And in the end I sweated a lot. The difference in level didn’t seem to bother my friends. Undoubtedly, the padel is easier to learn than other more popular racket sports.
The Dijon Tennis-Club Padel Park is open from 7:15 AM to 11:15 PM. During off-peak hours (7:15 am to 12:15 pm and 2:15 pm) the pitch costs €6 per hour. During peak times (weekends and 12:15-14:15 and 17:15-11:15 the rest of the week) it’s €9. TCD licensees enjoy a permanent discount (5 and 8 €).
To keep users of the room, the eleventh game session is offered. Further, “if you don’t have a racket or balls” padel , it is possible to rent one on site, for 3 € per hour”, specifies Thomas Brissaud, instructor at the TCD. Equipment stored in secure lockers.
Groups to find players
Finally, he created level groups on WhatsApp to find one or more players for a game. It is possible to request to join Padelpark’s social networks (Padelpark21 on Instagram, Padelpark on Facebook).
Attract a new audience, outside of tennis
Thomas Brissaud, TCD instructor, padel player and project leader
“The Padel Park was created by SMC2 Construction. This is a project representing an investment of €500,000 excluding VAT, 40% financed by the Region, the City of Dijon and the French Tennis Federation (FFT), and the remainder by the Dijon Tennis-Club and myself. The building was built on a former clay tennis court, so everything had to be paid out, a plate deposited, the networks added… For the club*, the interest is to attract a new audience, outside of tennis, and to be able to to participate in the financing of a project in one location: the aim is to cover our facilities, today in Voltaire, here with our outdoor courts. †
† It has about 700 members.