British Padel stars reign supreme at Guernsey Padel Club
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This weekend saw British players claim wins across the board at the LTA Padel British Tour at Guernsey Padel Club.
The competition in Guernsey was the fourth of seven Grade 1 events to take place across England, Scotland, and the Channel Islands as part of the British Tour, which encompasses the top padel competitions in the UK.
With six of UK’s top ten men and five of the top ten women travelling to Guernsey to compete for the £3,500 prize fund, the standard of padel was extremely high. There was British success across the men’s and women’s competitions with Francis Langan and Sam MacNeil lifting the title in the men’s, and Aimee Gibson and Catherine Rose succeeding in the women’s side of the draw.
The men’s final saw the second seeds Langan and MacNeil defeat the top seeds, Britain’s Chris Salisbury and Spain’s Rafael Vega Otaolaurruchi 7-5, 6-4. Post match, Langan reflected on his win saying “I’m really pleased with how I played today, and it’s great to get the win, especially in front of such a big crowd - definitely one of the biggest we have seen at an LTA padel event. It’s been a great weekend in Guernsey - my first time on the island and I’ll be back for soon for sure.”
In the women’s event, it was the top two seeded pairings who again reached the final with Gibson and Rose defeating Helen Crook and former British tennis player Jo Ward 6-0, 6-1.
Speaking of her win, Gibson said, “Here in Guernsey it is so nice, the courts are great and the draws are so busy. Some weeks you don’t get that many women entering so it’s nice to see lots of people playing”.
Sara Woolland, Guernsey Padel Club Tournament Director said: "It was wonderful to see the Guernsey Padel Club so buzzing over the bank holiday weekend with hundreds of spectators turning out to watch the best UK players taking on our own local members and players. We are already looking forward to welcoming many of them back soon, either for friendlies, coaching weekends or more LTA events."
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