Ben returned to the office on Monday after competing in his first ever Padel World Championships. With a respectable eighth place finish at the last tournament, how did the British team fare this year?
Team GB received a good draw in the group stages; placed in a group with Uruguay, Belgium and Australia. Ben played in the open on Monday morning with Nikki Roenn, coming up against the fifth seeds in their first round. Their opponents were ranked 54 and 84 in the World Padel Tour rankings and proved to be too strong for the British duo. Ben and Nikki lost 6-1, 6-2, but really enjoyed the experience. Unfortunately there wasn’t a consolation event so this proved to be Ben’s only competitive match of the tournament.
Monday saw the British team narrowly lose to Belgium 2-1 after a marathon match finishing in the early hours of Tuesday morning. After beating Australia 3-0 they then faced the strongest team in their group, Uraguay, with a win here crucial for a chance to finish top eight. It was a close fought match decided by a couple of points in the third set tie break, but ultimately Britain lost and finished third in their group.
Their next match was against Sweden; a win would see Britain play for 9th – 12th positions, a loss would mean playing for 13th – 16th positions. It was another close match, but Britain lost very narrowly 2-1. They went on to win 2-1 against Holland, then secured a final victory against Germany, moments before a tropical storm hit the region.
Britain finished 13th overall, the same position as the Vets team a few weeks previously. The storm forced the men’s final between Spain and Argentina to be cancelled, leaving the Padel World Championships title undecided.
Despite Ben’s lack of competitive matches he was able to train, watch and learn from some of the best padel players in the world. This will prove invaluable experience for future tournaments.
Ben would like to thank CWC for the opportunity and kind sponsorship, which enabled him to experience the very highest level of competition in the world. Ben plans to continue training hard and playing in British Padel Tour tournaments to gain more experience. He’ll be heading for Spain to try out for the British Team who will be playing the European Championships at the end of 2019. We wish him all the best!