The Pairs Final in Pictures

The glorious new Bizkaia Fronton in the Bilbao suburb of Miribilla. It seats 3000 and is a true cathedral of the sport.

The fans began to gather, with many Riojans arriving by coach from the home villages of the finalists.

The fronton was almost empty when the press were allowed entry, save only for the players warming up for the curtain rasier.

Bizkaia is vast

The television crew set up

Merino’s home village must have been empty on Sunday

In the first match, Idoate and Pascual beat Berasaluze VIII and Apraiz

The finalists warm up in front of a now massive crowd

Expectation mounts

Joxan Tolosa and Xabier Euzkitze discuss live on ETB

Aitor Zubieta, botillero for Xala and Laskurain, is interviewed

Game on

Crowds roar

Joy and relief

Everybody wanted a piece of David Merino and he was happy to oblige

Cameras flash

Merino’s brother, Miguel, admires the silverware


Xala and Laskurain, defeated

Titin, history maker

Merino can scarcely believe what he has achieved

He took the time to pose for me!


All photos are mine

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