World Juniors Championships Málaga 2017 – FIP Announcement

We would like to inform the children and youth participants, the coaches, their clubs, the National Federations from which they have a valid licence, and also to the parents, the first fans of their kids, about the activities carried out currently by the International Padel Federation.
The XI° Edition of the World Juniors Championships shows the following four extraordinary situations:

  • The number of registrations in the official and non-official categories is higher than 450 pairs, historical record for the FIP World Championships.
  • The Technical Rules recently approved allows a format never used in the past: qualifying round open to all the children of the World, final phase divided in two parts, the first to be plaid by groups, and the second with a main draw composed by the best classified in the groups. Draw-Groups-Draw: a completely new format.
  • The sign-ups are made through the web system, with the need to perform a cross-checking to verify the licence validity (Art.III.3.2) because it is not automatic due to the fact we do not have received and loaded a definitive data-base from all the National Federations.
  • The Technical Rules indicates the deadline to send claims and indications after 48 hours from the time the list of sign-up is published (Art.III.2.5). Almost all people performed the claims later, and also today we continue to receive indications.

These four exceptional elements generates just few incidents, less than 15 in total, and if we are taking into account that we have about 1000 participants, it is insignificant, approximately 1,5 %. In any case, the FIP wishes that nobody gets harmed and for this reason the incidence of these above indicated situations is under analysis in each Tournament of the various categories of the World Championships.
The Technical Rules and Regulations allow the FIP to decide to repeat the draw-lot in the case the identified, registered or indicated incidents are enough important to justify it (Art.III.3.4).
Moreover, we always have to apply the common sense in order to avoid any minimum suspect that this matter is being used to give some favour to somebody. Our main objective is that the World Champ should be a “fiesta” for all the kids and youths, who will play, compete and have fun as much as possible along the week with the best players of their same age from all over the World.

We are the spectators, they are the protagonists. Of course we want to provide the seriousness needed for a World Championships, in which we will continuously ensure the full respect of the official regulation of our sport. We have also to point out, that Malaga offers a good infrastructure, but not infinite, as well as it is not infinite the logistics possibilities (transportation and catering), and also it is not infinite the quantity of available personnel for assistance and technique for the Championships management. We are grateful that there is enough infrastructure available and also that the Organising Committee has decided to invest extra resources to cover the raised costs, and this will allow to use one of the predicted formulas of the Technical Rules (Art.III.4.7), that is the Final Phase with the first part of Groups or Leagues, in order to let all kids and youths from all over the World a higher number of matches than they would have with the successive eliminatory format.
We had verified the assignment in each group of the two first doubles following the FIP Ranking for National Juniors Teams (Art.III.4.7.1).

At the early first stage, the software programme made a draw-lot also of the second part of the Final Phase, corresponding to the promotion from Groups to Draw, but it has to follows what it is predicted in the Art.III.4.7.3. This was an error because the public draw-lot will be done once the Group Phase is terminated, in the Championships place. Then, it has been allocated just the first two positions in each group following the order of the Seed, this could be checked in the Definitive Lists of Sign-Ups.

Finally we would like to underline, that the FIP is full aware that the Qualifying Round only count Spanish players, because all other pairs registered from other countries have obtained the access to the Final Phase (Art.III.4.9). We would like also to indicate that because it is the Qualifying Round of a World Championships with all players of the same nationality, it has been tested the possibility to use the ranking available in the web-system and of automatic access, the Individual FIP Ranking (Art.III.3.5). Just because some youths Under-16 and Under-18 have FIP Ranking, it has been evaluated the possibility to use it to organise the Qualy Round Seeds, but the quantity of these kids and youth compared to the total number of sign-ups is too low to consider this possibility. In the following the software programme performed the draw-lot just pushing a button. The result of a draw-lot without any possibility of manipulation and favouritisms was a normal draw, but some criticism arrived anyway.

We received some questions about the rankings, and for this reason we inform that the current Technical Rules do not indicate as mandatory or even suggest the use of other National Federation rankings to organise the seeds, in no circumstances at all, because of that we are sure nobody has influenced the draw-lot result.

In the end, note that after the analysis of the detected incidents that each Official Championships require, their influence has been controlled in every draw, and it has been decided to perform a new draw-lot in all the cases, as stated in the Technical Rules (Art.III.3.4). The decision was made yesterday afternoon and the draw-lots were done. In this moment they are ready to be published, with the new match time table.

In the eventual case that the new match scheduled time corresponds to a real difficulty because you already bought the flight ticket, we kindly ask you to immediately contact us using in order to proceed with the necessary adjustments.
Since this moment claims or incidents indications won’t be accepted anymore, except if there are any mistakes regarding names or surnames.
We would like to thank the cooperation of the Director of the World Championships, Mr. Alfonso Caballero Sánchez, and the Head Umpire Ms. Nayra Ramírez Campos, in the management of the above indicated situation

See list of registration and incidences below: