Javier Ruíz González (Granada, Spain, 1987) has attended The Padel Interview in an interview where he talks about his most recent sporting past, his vision of the current padel and his expectations for the rest of the 2020 season.
- You’ve had two pretty good seasons with Uri Botello. How have you lived these two seasons on a sporting and personal level?
I haven’t been in the padel world that long either, especially at the top of the rankings. When I met Uri we formed an ambitious project and from the first moment it went quite well and started to get good results. We have become a consolidated couple to be at the top.
We have a very good relationship on a personal level and that shows on the court. On a sporting level, at the beginning it was complicated because we were out of the first eight couples and we had to go inside. But even more difficult is to stay within the eight.
“We have become a consolidated couple to be at the top of WPT”Javi Ruiz
Moreover, almost all the goals we have set ourselves every year have been achieved. We’ve been in the Master Final for two years now, which means a win for both of us.
- How would you define yourself as a player?
I consider myself a bit of a backhand, as backhand players are usually more explosive and have fewer shots.
At the same time, I have a game in which I try to move the ball, to work on the point until the ball becomes easier to define the point. I play so that Uri enters and vice versa, which I think makes us compete well.
On top I have quite a variety of strokes, which makes me gain a lot of points. On the other hand, the transition from defence to attack is another of my strengths, as I feel it gives me an advantage over other players.
- How do you see the circuit today?
I think it’s spectacular, with lots of competition. You look at the couples enrolled before the picture comes out and no matter who touches you, because you know it will be a very hard game. At the same time, the preview couples come with an incredible hunger, which makes them an even greater danger.
On the other hand, I complain a lot that the first four couples get through the first round without playing. I think that there is a lot of equality, so for me, all players should play it.
- What couple do you see as your favorite?
On a slow court I’d say Paquito-Lima and Sanyo-Stupa. On the other hand, on a faster court I only see one candidate couple, Lebrón- Galán, which seems to me to be a padel that right now the rest of us cannot play because of the power, speed and ball speed.
- How do you see padel after Covid-19?
I am looking forward to it, because it is true that padel has made great progress, which has been affected. Let’s hope that companies and everyone else continues to bet on padel.
In the near future, we hope that there will be no resurgence and that we will not have to return to the situation of confinement, as it would again be very hard for the padel environment.