The project, born in 2018 with his friend Casiraghi, involves hundreds of people. Organization of tournaments, registrations and many great former football players
In padel as in football. “I’m a right-wing player. Recovery, I run across the board and build the point to close. A sort of assist man, come on.” Demetrio Albertini is a lifelong padel player. He discovered it in Spain, in 2002, during his experience with Atletico Madrid, and it was love at first sight. Together with Gigi Casiraghi and Lorenzo Alfieri he has been carrying out the “City Padel Milano” project since 2018, at the foot of the three towers. In the weekend just ended he participated in the first stage of the Cupra Padel Tour scheduled right in its center: “Gigi and I played separately, with other friends. We both went out in the groups”.
In the men’s draw Daniele Bonfanti and Marco Guzzo got the better of the Matteo Floriani-Antonio Di Vincenzo tandem. In the feminine, however, glory for the couple Lucchetta-Brivio. Second place for Roncayolo and Virgadamo. “The stage went very well – Albertini tells us – many people joined and we are happy. The requests were very high. We wanted to manage it like this, in the end the excellent organization prevailed”. High level: “Absolutely, male and female together then. We have many women in our center, the movement is growing a lot. Not to mention children and young people: before the pandemic they had about 80 members, now they are between 40 and 60. All of them. under 16. We also have teachers like Valentina Beltrami and Alessandro Belotti. We are very happy “.
Padel involves everyone. Just think of the boom in FIT members, the fields that are increasing in every region and the investments made. Especially among former footballers. Passionate and not. Zambrotta, Albertini, Cassano, Vieri, Totti, Ventola, Marchegiani, Di Canio, Fiore, Candela, Albertini and Casiraghi: “Agonism to the nth degree and teamwork. Then there is the step forward, the conquest of space and of the net, without counting the sense of anticipation. You have to foresee the opponent’s strokes to win. I find in the padel many dynamics of football, even the occupation of the field. The sense of space with your partner. You never play alone, but you move with him. And this is fundamental in football. It is the perfect sport for anyone who has been a professional “.
Not just Milan. The Cupra Padel Tour also touched the squares of Vicenza (Altavilla) and Legnano (Starpadel). Great participation in Veneto. After a hard-fought group stage, the final victory went to the Campagnolo-Massimo Paganin tandem, the latter a former defender of Brescia, Inter, Atalanta, Vicenza and Sampdoria. He too has been passionate about padel for a lifetime. In the women’s first place for the couple Rigoni-Vittore (defeats Masini and Corsini in the final). At the Starpadel in Legnano, on the other hand, there were 64 participating couples: first place for Federico Musatti and Stefano Fiorentino. Second Alessandro Scaringi and Andrea Muroni. See you next weekend now. It will be played between Verona, Ravenna, Rastignano (Bo), Potenza, Venice and Rome.
8 September – 16:59
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