Emilio and the revolution of paddle tennis rackets
The birth of the fiberglass and rubber era
Emilio became Director of the Argentine School of Padel teachers and spent long days on the court. At that time, the paddle tennis rackets were made of wood. Due to their weight and rigidity, they damaged the joints. Especially the elbow, causing the epicondylitis, but it also affected the shoulder and wrist.
In 1989 Carlos Daniel Pérez, who manufactured fiberglass bodies for cars and boats, became a fan of paddle tennis. After playing a lousy match with a wooden racket because of how difficult it was to control, he came up with the idea of inventing a racket with a rubber center and covered with fiberglass to improve control and dissipate the vibrations from hitting the racket. with the ball He made 5 prototypes that he delivered to Emilio and several top-level Argentine professional players. After trying it, they saw that control had indeed improved and his epicondylitis had disappeared, Emilio went in search of the creator of this enormous invention. Upon finding him, he told him: "This is the future"
From that moment Emilio contributed to spreading the use of rubber blades.
To the teachers he trained, who spent a great number of hours on the track, Emilio immediately recommended the use of rubber blades, which not only mitigated injuries but also reduced the weight of the blade and improved efficiency. and control in hitting with less effort.
Emilio acquired the patent for this manufacturing system for Spain and over time, most brands incorporated the invention since it was approved by the federations for use in competition due to the enormous advance it entailed. It was definitely established as the best way to make rackets. Emilio gradually acquired manufacturing knowledge that he could also test in person in his search for the perfect racket.