The world padel is in Rome for the Italy Major Premier in the splendid setting of the Foro Italico and the number one couple in the world Ale Galan and Juan Lebron land in the capital at the moment of greatest popularity of the discipline. At the top of the world ranking there are two Spanish boys Ale Galan from Madrid, Juan Lebron from Cadiz, in Andalusia, they represent the two souls of the country where padel is already the second most practiced sport. “We are happy to be a point of reference in padel, as Fernando Belasteguin was for me some time ago. The world of padel watches us, we know it and we try to be an example for the boys, for all those who follow us”, he said Lebron in the meeting with the press in the WeSportUp Area of the Foro Italico. “I am a simple person, seeing people asking me for autographs and photos is just a pleasure, it is never too much and it does not bother me at all. When I have stopped to play and I will be 50 years old, I will probably miss this thing ”, added Lebron who decided to ask Ale Gala to play with him“ because I thought he was a player who would help me improve myself. But I didn’t decide alone, but with everyone around me, my family and my staff. From the first tournament together, I understood that we could do something great. ”For his part, Ale Galan underlined how lucky they are, because as Juan says we are not so popular that we get tired of popularity. to be ambassadors of padel in the world. Of course there is a difference between Spain and other countries, because in our land padel has deep roots, it is already the second most practiced sport and people know us, a little less outside ” , but there is also a less positive “is that everyone looks – obviously – at the fact that we are number 1 and therefore sometimes we feel more under observation, we are judged by how we behave on and off the pitch. But it is inevitable and it is a detail, the truth is that in the end all this gratifies us. “On the choice of a partner, Galan also explains how it happened:” When in 2019 we decided to leave our respective companions, we found ourselves at thinking that playing together could be a good solution for both. So when I got Lebron’s request I didn’t think twice and accepted. I knew it was the best it could be to play alongside me, and that our project could have a future. It is not just the fact that we have reached number 1 in the world that confirms this, but demonstrates every day that we believe in what we do, without having doubts. With the aim of making progress every time and improving ourselves “. The two Spanish champions hope that padel will soon reach the Olympics. “What you pass on to others must always be positive. We are not only number 1 but above all we are passionate about this sport. The goal for the padel must be to land at the Olympic Games, and I believe that with this organization we will be able to get there very soon ”, added Gala, echoed by Lebron. “The Premier Padel will bring the padel to a level never seen before, both in terms of communication and organization. It is a stimulating challenge, something very positive not only for us, but also for the people. I am happy with these great news but above all I want to see others happy, the fans and those who are in contact with our world all year round. And this revolution will not only affect the best eight pairs, but all the top 20, 30, 50 players in the world. They all have different characteristics and the fans can recognize themselves in many athletes, each with their positive qualities to leave as an example. In this sense, the International Federation is working very well. ”Lebron’s other passions range from other sports:“ My favorite sport, aside from padel, is football. I am a Real Betis fan. But I also like tennis and I love Rafael Nadal, what he did in his career is an inspiration ”. While Galan explains that “off the pitch I like cinema, theater, being with friends. I love bowling and obviously I like to follow other sports, for example football and tennis. I like to identify and compare myself with other sportsmen who I admire and take a cue from what they do. Honestly, I am already dreaming of the moment when padel can be compared to tennis in terms of popularity. Rome? Everything is fantastic here, both the tournament area at the Foro Italico and the city . And I love Roman cuisine, from cacio e pepe to carbonara … “.
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