The young tennis player Pablo Martinez, member of the Real Murcia Club de Tenis 1919, made his debut this week at the II ATP Challenger Costa Calida Region of Murcia. He did so in the doubles, in the first round, alongside Daniel Rincón and against the Italian pairing of Galoppini and Passaro.

The match started with a tight first set that was won by the latter by 7-6, although in the second set the Spaniards equalised by winning the set 7-5. The tie-break, however, went to Galoppini and Passaro.

«It was an unforgettable experience,» says young Pablo. «The atmosphere was great and you could tell that the crowd wanted to help us. It was a great experience,» he says.

About the match, he highlights that «we knew it was going to be very difficult, but once it started and we saw that we competed and that we even broke serve, we felt we could win. We had it close».

He also admits that they were a little inexperienced in trying «to innovate in difficult situations, to change things at key moments to impose ourselves. If the game were to be repeated in a few years’ time, we would have a better chance of winning.

Pablo said he remembered «all the coaches I’ve had. Rafa Castellanos, Morga, the Soriano brothers and now Jorge García». The youngster, who dreams of winning a Grand Slam like Wimbledon or Roland Garros, defines himself as «an attacking player who likes to finish points with winners and close to the net by making his opponent run».