Today at Padel Magazine we want to highlight a young Spanish talent, Javier Lealalso “Javi Lethal†
It’s because of health chain Youtube Desde dentro del padel TV we learn a little more about the resident of Puerto de Santa Maria, in the province of Cádiz.
The youtuber was lucky enough to spend a day with the young nugget. It starts with a family breakfast before you leave for several hours of training. In a relaxed atmosphere and in the good humor that characterizes it health going to meet those who make everyday life out of it Javi Leal†
‘His coach saw something in him’
“At home he is a very quiet boy, he plays the console, watches series, but he is not a party animal. While when he was little he was a pure stick of dynamite. He didn’t stop ‘ his father confides in us.
“When he was little we went with him of course, but a little later when he started training with Fran Ceperothe latter took him to the various competitions, and there he became more and more independent”
He started playing with me. I practiced a lot of padel with my friends and when we met, Javi went with us. Throughout the game he kept pestering us and when the flanks changed he came up to me and asked me to throw some balls at him. Otherwise he was going to play against the wall at home until we signed him up to a club to take lessons.
The first lessons only lasted a few months because his then trainer saw something more in him and advised us to enroll him at another school. He tells us that this boy would become champion of Spain. He turned out to be right because in 2013 Javier was Spanish champion in the Benjamins category”.
The discussion continues around a good “desayunoAnd what better way to start the day than enjoying the typical Spanish breakfast: toasted toast with olive oil – ham and coffee. Quite an emblem among our Iberian friends.
An emergency move
As we mentioned before, the Leal family comes from Puerto de Santa Maria in the province of Cadiz in Andalusia. The father of javic explains how the idea to move to the capital came about and why it happened so quickly.
“On the occasion of a World Padel Tour match in Madrid in which javic participated, the next day we went to the M3 academy to see Alejandro Galan and Juan Lebron train. They told him to take a pala and train with them. While talking to Jorge Martinez, he told me he wanted… javic come live in Madrid to start a new adventure. Within a month we had to rent our house in the south, move to a new apartment, negotiate a transfer to the capital with my employer and find Marta a new high school†
The first thing we did when we got here was take javic in training”.
“A Radical Change”
Of course, if you think about it, this change of scenery in a month must have been really hard for javier and his family. It’s not easy to go from the sweetness of Andalusian life to the frenzy of a big city. It is the patriarch of the family who tells us a little more about this radical change.
†Economically it was difficult at the beginning because I am a civil servant and the salary I earn in Madrid is the same as when I was in Cadiz. But here everything is more expensive. Even having a beer or a drink in a bar gets more complicated because we only lived on my salary, so we refrained from going out and drank our drinks at home. Then came the pandemic and before every trip we had to run PCR tests. But it was during a tournament in Vigo that everything changed for javic†
“He made history”
Remember that at that time the young nugget was associated with Miguel semmler† The two Spaniards who started in preprevias managed to make it to the final table all the way to the quarterfinals by taking 9 wins in a row. This had never been seen before.
His father recalls: We were getting ready to go to Vigo and it must have been 4:00 am when we took the road to Galicia. No sound in the car, I remember they had to play against Sillingo and Mati Diaz. And there they win†
It is at this time that javic joins the discussion:Wait, you have to tell them. They came to Vigo without any other clothes because they were sure I would lose † (laughs)
The father continues:It’s true (laughs)! So we booked a hotel and went to a bazaar to buy some clothes, thinking we would leave the next day. The next day comes, he plays and he wins. Rebelote we go back to the same bazaar and buy one or two t-shirts and underwear† Good the next day Paquito Navarro and Martin Di Nenno sent us home †
“And it was then with the results that the brands started to approach each other and that partnerships could arise. but it is true that before Vigo we had hard times†
After a moment of relaxation with coffee, it’s time for javic to start his day. On the physical and technical training program.
“From 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. we start with muscle strengthening, after that I have 30 minutes of rest and from 9.30 am to 11 am we continue with padel. Quick shower because I have an appointment at 11:30 am with the psychologist in another club for more or less an hour. We have lunch and at 3.30 pm we have a padel match against Pincho Fernandez and Antonio Diestro.†
During the video we witness a typical training of Javi Leal suggested by his physical trainer Pablo Cabrera and one thing is certain, the latter does not shy away from his protégé.
Pablo Cabrera † “Last year there was a change of mentality at Javier. He works much more, is much more concentrated. After his injury he changed radically and today it shows on the track†
Javi Leal † In the beginning with pablo it was complicated because he asked a lot and in Cadiz I was not used to that (laughs). But today everything is fine, it helps steer me on the right path and I’m delighted†
But enough talk, it’s 9:10 am and training should continue with padel. Go across the street to the second part of the club, at the M3 Padel Academy.
“A future promise of padel”
we find there jorge martinezcoach of Javier Leal†
†Here we call it dynamite because it is very explosive and very uncontrollablehis trainer confirms.
He continues with these words: I think he has a really big potential and he knows that because we’ve already discussed it together. In a very short time, he is a player we will see navigate the final stages. It’s only a matter of time before he matures a bit. He is very good because he defends and attacks well. He does very interesting things with the ball, but he still needs to control himself a bit and give what is expected of him in a match. In any case, if I have to bet on a player, I bet on him without a doubt† †
On his turn javic to speak out about what his coach has just said: ” It is true that I used to have a very different training method. Currently I have learned to be more orderly on and off the track, but also to suffer more and for that I thank him very much.†
When the workout is over, it’s time for the mental part. The latter, which is still too often neglected, is nevertheless of fundamental importance for top athletes. The young Andalusian has understood this well and regularly visits a mental trainer specialized in sports, Sergio Parra†
“Psychology is a key element in padel”
Some of you may be wondering about the connection between psychology and the padel court.
Sergio Parra answers us: ” Psychology is a fundamental element whether performed in the office or in a padel club. It is very important because it is on the track that he will put into practice everything we are developing. It is essential that he knows how to face a punto de oro or a tiebreak. Whether in a first or third set, the way to approach it will be totally different†
†It is fundamental to see how we extrapolate the session we perform in practice on the track. Players therefore have to set up their own routines thanks to the tools they have learned from me during their workshops.†
“Padel players need to understand the importance of their state of mind when they take to the court. So they have to focus on the first games of the first set. During the competition it is essential that they maintain control and mastery of what they are doing.”
Of course health wanted to know the opinion of the client concerned.
“Psychology allows me to channel my energy. As said Jorge,,On the track I am very explosive. It can have good sides, but sometimes it’s the opposite and it’s on these themes that we work with Sergio so that it becomes something positive.”
This video is very interesting because it highlights the daily life of a young padel player, but also lets you know a little more about his story, the sacrifices his parents made, etc.
Below you will find the video in Spanish.
Credit: Desde dentro del padel TV
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