Eva Longoriová, the star of the cult series Desperate Housewives, was one of the main attractions of the prestigious Hexacon Cup in padel. At the tournament in Madrid, she presented herself as the non-playing captain of one of the teams of the rapidly developing sport.
“I’m addicted to padel,” confided the representative of the popular Gabriella Solis.
“I’m not very good at it, but I like playing it,” added the Hollywood actress and model, who received a Golden Globe nomination for her role in Desperate Housewives.
The atmosphere of one of the biggest races excited her. “I can’t even breathe. I always watch padel on TV, this is my first tournament live. I can even touch the players, it’s exciting,” Longori rejoiced.
As a non-playing captain, she led the ElevenEleven USA team, but she wasn’t the only celebrity to sponsor one of the participating teams.
In the Madrid Arena, a hall for more than ten thousand spectators, the teams led by the Barcelona football striker Robert Lewandowski, the British tennis player Andy Murray or the academy of his tennis rival Rafael Nadal competed.
The racket game of padel originated in Mexico at the end of the 1960s and is currently one of the fastest growing sports worldwide.
Another boom should also be helped by the Hexagon Cup, which boasts a subsidy of eight million euros and is watched by up to 160 million television viewers worldwide.
Behind the brand of the tournament are Enrique Buenaventura, Simon Freer, Alejandro Agag and Alberto Longo, the founders of the Formula E races and the series of extreme electric offroad races.