It started as a fun game to play when I was younger, thanks to my father introducing me to it. I pretty much lived in a tennis and padel club.
Then, when I came back to Spain after studying for my degree in the USA, I started training for padel after several years without competing. I went to live in Madrid straight away and started playing competitively.
I managed to get good results right from the start. And now I’m in the incredibly fortunate position of padel being my way of making a living. But I still feel the fun and the enjoyment every time I go on court. That’s the most important thing.
I love the wide range of possibilities of the sport and the fact that you play in pairs. It’s great to have someone alongside you experiencing the game with you.
For every match, I try to set an objective, and manage the situation, face the challenges and overcome them, despite the difficulties that arise. So much of the game is played in the mind. Your mind can make you think that nothing can stop you, but also it can knock you down. That’s why it is important to keep a positive mentality to allow your body to function to your full potential.
I still feel the fun and the enjoyment every time I go on court. That’s the most important thing.
So far, my greatest moment was winning the 2014 Padel World Championships in Mallorca. It’s hard to beat the feeling of becoming the world champion.
But whatever happens, it’s important to try to be objective with the goals I set for myself. If I don’t perform to the required level, I try to look for the reasons why so that next time it won’t happen again. You mustn’t go crazy over a bad result.
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