Bela and Coello out in the semi-final of the Italy Major

Bela and Coello out in the semi-final of the Italy Major

Fernando Belasteguin and Arturo Coello put in a good performance in the Italy Major. But they were not enough in the semi-finals against the winners, Juan Lebron and Alejandro Galan. 

Fernando Belasteguin and Arturo Coello surprisingly won the quarter-final against Pablo Lima and Franco Stupaczuk. But in the semi-finals, they were not enough where Alejandro Galan and Juan Lebron were too strong in three sets.  

This was despite the fact that Arturo Coello played great and that Bela and Coello were big favorites among the crowd at the Foro Italico in Rome. The crowd chanted both Bela and Coello's names during the late semi-final on Saturday. 

Juan Lebron and Alejandro Galan then won the final of the Premier Padel Italy Major in three sets against Paquito Navarro and Martin Di Nenno. It is their first Premier Padel title. 

This week sees the start of the World Padel Tour's first Masters of the season, the Marbella Masters.

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Bela begins to play padel in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the Club Atlético Gral in 1990.


In 2001 he reaches an unbeated record, winning 22 consecutive tournaments in 1 year and 9 months.


Playing paired with Juan Martín Díaz, Bela won all 17 of 17 tournaments he played. This made them the most awarded couple in the history of padel and kings of the professional circuit.


Bela reached 15 consecutive years of being #1 on the World Padel Tour ranking.


He started the season playing alongside Pablo Lima. In the middle of the season Augustín Tapia became his new sports partner, achieving victory in the "Madrid Master" and the final "Master Final".


Currently playing paired with Sanyo Gutíerrez. Bela is once again aiming for the title and proved his ambitions winning this year's first stop of the World Padel Tour.

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Interview with Bela

What is this initiative of Bela Padel Center about? What new does it show us?

It is very clear to me: I will never tell a father to bring his children to Bela Padel Center because I will assure him that they will be professional players. What we will assure them is that padel is not the end, but the way to educate them in the values ​​of sport that I have learned for many years and that it starts from daily effort and sacrifice. 

Are your clubs going to focus more on educational Padel?

No, there will be a little bit of everything. Bela Academy, Adult and minor classes, tournaments… We chose the Arena space because it is a club open to all. The idea is to give Padel what it has given me all these years.

There will be those who think that the figure of a businessman Bela emerges because his sports career is coming to an end…

I am going to be an athlete all my life. We are a group of four friends who have become partners to develop these centers and one of them is Carlos Costa, Rafa Nadal´s manager, who knows a lot about this. We already have requests to open clubs in Sweden, Mexico and Portugal, but we want to grow with a clear direction.

After 16 years being world number one, what remains for Belasteguín to achieve on the 20 × 10 courts?

I train every day with the obsession to keep improving so that the day I retire I will offer my best professional version. And I wake up every morning convinced that the best of my career is yet to come.

The word retiring is not yet in your vocabulary at 41…

It will come, sooner or later. But that day I will get out of bed not thinking that the best of my career is yet to come.