Marbella will host the XII European Padel Championship


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The International Padel Federation (FIP) has assigned the organization of the XII European Padel Championship to the Andalusian Padel Federation (FAP). The Board of Directors of the FIP has chosen the candidature presented by the territorial federation that locates the celebration of the competition in Marbella.


In this way, from June 28 to July 4, the best players of the continent will participate in this competition that will have representation in the final phase of 16 nations.


“We are very excited about the return of the European Padel Championships to Spain and, specifically, to Marbella, the city where our sport took its first steps on the continent,” explained the president of the FIP, Luigi Carraro.


The proposal presented by the Andalusian Federation has the full backing of the Spanish Padel Federation (FEP) and has strong institutional support, with the involvement of the Marbella Town Hall, the Provincial Council of Malaga, and the Andalusian Government.


The twelfth edition of the European Championship will be held in the form of Open National Pairs and National Teams, both male and female, and it will be not only the official European title awarded by the FIP, it will also be the qualification for the XV World Padel Championship which will be held in Qatar from 15 to 20 November.


The Italian men’s national team and the French women’s national team will defend the title they won in the 2019 edition held in Rome.


“This European Championship is going to be a splendid showcase to exhibit the outstanding development that Padel is having on the continent,” said the International Padel Federation leader, “and, moreover, it will be the great prelude to the XV World Padel Championships that will be held in Qatar few months later.”


This designation by the FIP represents the return of the European Padel Championship, after 14 years, to Spain. The last edition held in Spanish territory was in 2007, with the European Championship held in Seville


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A tournament to welcome international Padel in Qatar



International Padel continues to grow within the CUPRA FIP TOUR itself. The second event of the CUPRA FIP TOUR 2021 circuit took

us to Doha, in a tournament organized in coordination with the QTF (Qatar Tennis Federation) and Padel In.

The FIP event, which scored for the official FIP-WPT ranking, became the first official international Padel tournament to be held in the country.

The RISE category tournament was held at the Padel In club (Doha-Qatar) and could be seen all over the world through the broadcasting of the matches from the first round, through the FIP Youtube channel thanks to the broadcasting signal of Qatar Streaming.



The road to the final

The pair Sacho – Lopez Hidalgo, began the tournament as number 8 seeded pair in the draw. They started their way to the final beating Hani Mohamed and Khalid Al Janahi in the first round (6-0/6-1) and Hassan Almannai and Sultan Al-Malki in the second round (6-0/6-1).

Sacho – Lopez Hidalgo had a firm objective and continued their advance to the final with a surprise 6-0 and 6-1 quarterfinal victory over the number 1 seeds Abdullah Alshaabi and Jorge Ruiz Gutierrez, 54th player in the FIP-WPT professional ranking.

In the semifinals they faced Pablo Franco and Alejandro Garcia, number 7 seeds, whom they beat by 6-3 and 6-1 on Saturday morning.


On the other side, the pair formed by Mohammed Saadon and Emanuel Cura, number 2 seeds, advanced to the final, fulfilling the predictions, beating Jassim Alzeyara and Hamad Almohannadi in the first round (6-1/6-2), Johan Madarsz and Sebastien Farhat in the round of 16 (6-1/6-0) and Jabor Al Mutawa and Angel Carrasco in the quarterfinals, in a disputed match that was defined in the tie break of the third set (6-1/3-6/7-6). Also the victory in the semifinals against Abdulaziz Saadon and Mohammed Abdulla, seeded 4 of the draw, was decided in a tie break, this time in the second set (6-3/6-7).




The final battle

The final of the tournament was decided on Saturday afternoon in a hard fought match between the four players. The pair Sacho-Lopez Hidalgo won by 7-6 and 6-3, becoming the winners of the FIP RISE DOHA 2021, adding 20 FIP-WPT points in the official ranking.

This is how this first tournament in Qatar concluded, giving a foretaste of the good organization and the commitment there is in Qatar with the development of Padel, the country will host this year other CUPRA FIP TOUR events and is the confirmed venue of the XV World Padel Championship that will take place in November.





Photographs: Padelin / Mohhammed Alyafei

New junior padel tour; FIP PROMISES

The great development that European countries are experiencing and the love and passion for Padel that the youth are already preaching in the old continent is a reality. So the first international junior Padel circuit has born, the FIP PROMISES Europe.

The FIP PROMISES will be played in Europe for its first edition, and it will have a minimum of four qualifying events for a Final Tournament at an international level called FIP FINALS Promises.

The competition format will be Open by pairs, always with the same nationality and same federative license issued by any European member association.

The categories, both female and male, will be the official categories of the World Championships; U14, U16, and U18. Although the organizers may include U12 draws to promote those categories if they wish to.

In the FIP FINALS Promises, all the champion and runners-up pairs of the national championships of each FIP member of the country will qualify directly to the final draw, as long as the championship has a participation of more than 9 national pairs.

But it will not be the only way to qualify, each semifinalist pair of the different tournaments of this Promises circuit will also have direct access to the FIP FINALS PROMISES.

The rest of the draw will be completed by ranking obtained during the FIP PROMISES Europe.

This Junior Circuit aims at the creation of an international ranking that can be comparable with the one that emerges from the official FIP Pan American Junior Tournaments, as well as future junior tournaments in Asia and Oceania and, of course, with the Junior World Championship in odd years.

The dates planned for the first events will try to coincide with the summer period in the continent to allow families to travel, and each host country should provide discounts on hotels and lunches.

MEJORSET, Official Court of the International Padel Federation

Mejorset, a Spanish manufacturer of Padel courts, new Official Supplier of the International Padel Federation (IPF).

In an agreement reached last December 2020, the company based in Alicante (Spain) and the International Padel Federation, join forces.

Mejorset products will be used in the tournaments of the International Padel Federation and Mejorset courts will bear the seal of the FIP, as a guarantee of quality and suitability for the professional practice of Padel.

In this way, the biggest event of the International Padel in 2021 will have the official court, the XV World Padel Championship will be played in 8 courts that MEJORSET will install.

Since its creation in 2002, Mejorset claims to have “positioned itself as the leading Spanish manufacturer of Padel courts, with a comprehensive service that includes the design, construction, and maintenance of the facilities”. Its clients include sports clubs, city councils, hotels, campsites, neighborhood communities, and individuals.

MEJORSET currently has customers in 20 countries and 80% of the company’s sales are made to foreign markets