The warning of Pope Francis: "Tennis and padel must not lose amateurism"

Pope Francis has often reiterated the importance of the world of sport and its values for development and peace

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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The warning of Pope Francis: "Tennis and padel must not lose amateurism"

Pope Francis has often reiterated the importance of the world of sport and its values for development and peace. As usual, the Holy Father attended the general audience of the Italian Tennis and Padel Federation in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican.

A few days before the start of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Pope Francis launched yet another important message linking his speech to tennis. "Today we need a pedagogy of peace, if the world of sport transmits unity and cohesion it can become a formidable ally in building peace.

Sport can become a way of redemption, to regain dignity." Pope Francis: "Tennis and padel must not lose amateurism" Pope Francis, before dwelling on the teachers involved in the growth of young people in the words collected by the Italian news agency ANSA, said: "Tennis and padel are a game, their educational strength is in the dynamics of the game.

Do sports for passion, to have fun and to entertain, this is the spirit of gratuitousness with which we must play. Competitiveness is good if it doesn't eliminate this playful component. We must never lose amateurism, when sport is done for other interests it is lost.

It loses its beauty, this symphonic dimension, it becomes commerce. Tennis and padel are always amateur, don't lose that dimension." He then added: "As well as being a coach, the coach is an educator. And good play comes from good attack and defense dynamics and the same happens in an educational process.

It's about linking risk and prudence, but how? A good player can't just attack or take risks, he must know how to defend and there are qualities that must be exercised. A teacher who concentrates everything on attack or defense leaves his student exposed." The Masters 1000 in Rome is almost upon us: the Foro Italico will host the first main draw matches starting next Wednesday.

There will not be Rafael Nadal. The spanish tennis star is also in doubt for the Roland Garros 2023, and the last part of his career seems at risk.

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