Great success of CUPRA FIP TOUR this new season. In the absence of very few confirmations, we are proud to close a year with more than 50 tournaments and play in more than 20 countries.

These numbers are not only important to the FIP and the growth of Padel, it also opens the door to new players who will soon be known on the professional circuit and who can now opt for fulfilling their dream of playing with the best players by getting their own points and improving their ranking in more places of the world and helps many companies and brands look at these players’ profiles to help them on their paths.

The CUPRA FIP TOUR was created to help local players grow sportingly, expanding the number of tournaments for all professional players and giving greater visibility to our sport by bringing high-level competitions to developing countries.

The summary of the year is as follows:

  • FIP STAR – 7 tournaments
  • FIP RISE – 20 tournaments
  • FIP PROMOTION – 15 tournaments

These days the exact date will be made to the 10 tournaments that will be included in the calendar increasing the FIP STAR tournaments of the year.

Nor can we forget that this 2020 we will have the FIP World Padel Championship in October, the World Veterans Championship in November, will soon be released all the details of these World Championships that will be a success.

Although today we announced the calendar, the season started strong with the first FIP STAR of the year:

The Fip Star Burriana 24* FPCV, held in Castellón, featured 64 pairs in the men’s category and 35 in the women’s category. Having a qualification stage in both categories.

The tournament was marked by the organization’s good treatment of players, a two-court live streaming to give more visibility to players, hotels for players with transfers from the hotel to the club. At the same time a stage of the Valencian circuit was played with a total of 220 registered couples, which gave the event a greater number of audiences.

The level of the competition was very high, with more than half of the main draw with players within 50 and 140 top of the world, they all see a great opportunity to take points, win prizes and rise up positions in the ranking that will make them suffer less on the professional circuit of the World Padel Tour.

At the end of the competition, there were winners and runners-up of various nationalities

Male category:

  • Winners: Denis Perino (Argentina) / Christian Fuster (Spain)
  • Runner-up: Sergio Alba (Spain) / Francisco Gil (Spain)

Female category:

  • Winners: Sofia Araujo (Portugal) / Virginia Riera (Argentina)
  • Runner-up: Elena Ramirez (Spain) / Alicia Blanco (Spain)

2020 Calendar:

calendar FIP 2020


Interview with Raffaele Chiulli, president of GAISF: “Padel Olympic Sport”

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The numbers speak for themselves. Padel is transforming strongly by permanently abandoning the reputation of the sport of the moment, fashion and as a consequence of short duration.

Today, the federation action, especially thanks to the continuous impulse of the president Luigi Carraro, is taking great steps so Padel can have the definitive consecration in the Olympus of sport.

The interview with the president of GAISF, Raffaele Chiulli, published in the Italian newspaper IL TEMPO is proof that the road is all downhill.

The journalist Federico Maselli met with the highest position of the Global Association of International Sports Federations during the last European Championships held in Rome and with which he highlighted the path of Padel growth and how it is showing internationally.

Below you can find the full article:

“Padel is no longer just a passing fad: numbers in hand, it is a sport in continuous and rapid growth that can aspire to become Olympic.” To certify the worldwide evolution of the Padel Raffaele Chiulli, the president of GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations), the international association that brings together more than 100 sports federations. defines with a metaphor: “For the disciplines that aspire to the Olympics, the institution represents the trial period to obtain a full-blown license”.

Invited as honorary guest at the last edition of the XI European Padel Championship in Rome, Chiulli praises the work carried out by Luigi Carraro, president of the International Padel Federation. And he urges him to continue along the same path. “We are at his side so that the Padel’s dream can come true: to become an Olympic sport.”

An ambition that, in order to be realized, must follow a well-defined process: after having applied for GAISF membership, a two-year period must pass, during which a Federation will be granted as observer status. “At this stage, the institutional body must demonstrate that it has all the characteristics required by the statute in both formal and substantive terms,” explains Raffaele Chiulli “For FIP to be recognized as a permanent member, specifically, in recent years it has proven to be a recognized constitution worldwide, solid, with exemplary, transparent governance, with non-discrimination criteria for athletes and employees”.

On the qualities of the Padel, the president of the Global Association has no doubt: “It is a very growth phenomenon, capable of involving both on and off the court. Many countries are welcoming it for its characteristics of inclusive, socializing and aggregating sport. It is a sport that is bursting, engaging, dynamic and, above all, universal.”

For a sport to become an Olympic sport, it must conform to more than 50 principles, beginning with its universal nature. It must then have growth plans for the participation of new generations and obtain formal recognition from the relevant governing institutions (e.g. National Olympic Committees or National Federations). It must also respect the environment and the sustainability of materials. Non-discrimination in terms of gender, ability, race, and religion also plays a key role.

To facilitate the recognition of Padel, GAISF has helped with talks between the FIP of Carraro and the International Tennis Federation of David Haggarty. A constructive and frank dialogue that allowed to evaluate all the synergistic elements for the admission of Padel to Olympic sport.

President Chiulli advises: “It is necessary to homogenize some institutional disparities: in some countries, the Padel federation is a rib of the tennis, in others, it is completely autonomous. We must all have one big goal: to support new disciplines such as Padel, which, with the right support, can reach even more people, more nations, more continents”.

Open applications deadline for 2020 FIP Tournaments

We are already working towards 2020, a new year where we must, among all, position the Padel, not only in the sport that grows the most but also in the most professional.

That is why we invite all associated member federations to offer their players semi-professional tournaments that increase the level and number of players in each country, being even more credible as a sport that is already established in the world.

Why do a FIP tournament?With these new tournaments, we create the possibility of improving local players and a path for them to become professional players. In addition to increasing competitiveness and attract more players.

After a historic agreement with World Padel Tour, giving players points for a single world ranking, an improvement in the economic amounts and making an effort to improve the player experience in each tournament we are sure that it will be easier to attract sponsors that might help you to grow.

The idea is always the same, develop and improve the sport. Players deserve tournaments that grow at the speed of Padel’s expansion. These tournaments are an excellent way to motivate players to travel, change experiences with other players from the rest of the world and become an exchange of ideas to continue offering new products internationally.

We leave you a PDF with all the detailed information on each type of event of the CUPRA FIP TOUR.

When and how to apply for a FIP tournament?

The deadline will be open until December 18, during the month of December the dates will be confirmed and we will send an email with the next steps to follow.

The calendar will be released on December 31.

We ask all those who want to take a test but still do not know the dates, reserve one beforehand so as not to stay out of time.

The International Padel Federation teams up with CUPRA to drive Padel to the next level

• CUPRA becomes the main sponsor of the International Padel Federation (IPF)
• Both sides commit to supporting the international expansion of the racquet sport
• The brand was the title sponsor of the CUPRA European Padel Championship 2019
• The CUPRA Ateca Limited Edition was present in Rome during the tournament

CUPRA smashes it again on the padel court. After incorporating four of the world’s best players into its tribe and signing a special partnership with the World Padel Tour until 2021, the brand expands its presence in the racquet sport by becoming the main sponsor of the International Padel Federation (IPF) until the end of 2020.

The special collaboration between CUPRA and the IPF was revealed at the CUPRA European Padel Championship. The brand was the title sponsor of the event which took place in Rome from the 4th to the 9th of November.

The agreement was signed by Antonino Labate, CUPRA director of Strategy, Business Development and Operations, and IPF President Luigi Carraro during the celebration of the CUPRA European Padel Championship.

At the signing ceremony, Antonino Labate stated:

“The association between CUPRA and the International Padel Federation reinforces our commitment to support the international expansion of this sport. We have decided to contribute to the professional development of padel, which has currently more than five million players in Spain and it is experiencing exponential growth across Europe, where the installation of new facilities is growing by triple-digit”.

Furthermore, Luigi Carraro affirmed:

“We are glad that a brand like CUPRA has decided to accompany padel on its path towards international development. Together we will work to make this sport increasingly popular and more professional, which will help us achieve our goal of making padel an Olympic sport“.

The fans who attended the CUPRA XI European Padel Championship 2019 were delighted by an exhibition match between the brand’s padel ambassadors and former football players Vincent Candela and Luca Marchegiani.


Summary World Junior Padel Championship Castellón 2019

Intense week lived in Castellon because of the XII World Junior Padel Championship.

During this event, everyone has enjoyed an unforgettable atmosphere.

Thanks to the Spanish Padel Federation, to the Consejo Superior de Deportes for your support, but above all, we want to thank and congratulate the great work done by the Federación Valenciana de Padel.  Success in the organization that was reflected in a tournament that will remain for history. Record of participation, a record of countries and 3 tournaments during a week with more than 1200 players and 1105 games played.

Here is a video of the week lived in Castellon. Meet the new champions and see the bright future of padel with such a great level from very early ages.

We can’t wait for the next one in 2021.

Announcement FIP’s Annual General Assembly, Castellon 2019

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On Friday 18th was celebrated the 29th Annual General Assembly of the International Padel Federation.

Great participation by the Federations Members confirming the continued interest on the part of all members for the activities of the International Federation.

President Luigi Carraro opened the Assembly by thanking Spain, the Consejo Superior de Deportes and the Spanish Padel Federation for their support, and above all thanked the Padel Federation of the Valencian Community for the extraordinary organization of the current XII Junior Padel World Championship.

The assembly started with the usual voting to approve the minutes of the extraordinary assembly of São Paulo (March 2019) in which the Board of Directors was elected and then, the FIP 2018 budget was approved.

The president Carraro then presented the report of the work carried out in this year by the current FIP ​​management, highlighting among the great results:

  1. The unification of the ranking with WPT
  2. The consolidation of the FIP partners with the entry of two very important new sponsors,
  3. The New FIP Padel Tour circuit that will allow the development of the padel worldwide and will also always have a ranking composed of players of as many different nationalities as possible.
  4. We then focused on important agreements with Media, starting from the agreement with Sky Sport that will broadcast the XI European Championship (Rome 4/9 November) and many others that will be announced in the coming weeks,
  5. The members were informed of the important developments with the European Olympic Committees for the inclusion of the Padel in the European Games of Krakow 2023 and also that a confrontation will soon begin with the organization of the next Pan-American championships that will take place in Chile in 2023 to include, also in this event, Padel between the disciplines.

All that in view of our most important goal that is to become an Olympic discipline in all aspects,

  1. In this context, with great honor, the President and the Executive Board announced to the members the signing of an important agreement signed with the GAISF and the ITF, which details will be announced in the coming days, and which makes even closer the passage from Observer Member to Permanent Member of the FIP within the GAISF.

Unanimous appreciation was made by FIP members for the activity carried out so far.

As usual, it was held the officiating of all the championships played in recent months (from the last Asunción General Assembly 2018 until today), of the current Junior World championships and of the upcoming European Padel Championships in Rome (4-9 November).

The assembly also voted to delegate to the board of directors, which will make use of a technical evaluation commission, the assignment of the next World Championships of 2020 Senior and Veteran.

In conclusion, we are particularly pleased to announce that the assembly has voted, on the proposal of the board of directors, the entry of 6 new countries within the FIP:

  • China, Russia, San Marino, Armenia, Egypt and Ireland.

This confirms what the padel is growing in every part of the world. Details on these countries will be announced in the coming days.

It is very important for FIP that all the points contained in the Meeting Agenda have been approved by the General Assembly, which is the sovereign body of FIP, by a large majority of votes, including the votes needed by a two-thirds majority. This demonstrates a uniform criterion within the FIP, where the constructive spirit of the Affiliate Members prevails, and the confidence placed in the Board of Directors, which will continue to work hard for the common objectives together with all member countries.


The assembly closed with the hope of President Carraro that the constructive spirit that characterized the assembly just held, is the beginning of a new era in which the Padel finds unity among all its components.


Board of Director’s statement

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We regret to note that, in a moment packed with appointments, while we are devoting our best energies to the growth of our sport, some members of the Padel family are dedicating all their efforts to useless and unmeritorious controversies.

The Board of Directors of the FIP has unanimously decided not to entertain itself with this sterile exercise and continue its activity in the sole and exclusive interest of Padel and its continuous development. Many of the goals we had set for ourselves have been achieved; other important results will be communicated shortly.

We hope that all personalism ceases as soon as possible so that we can dedicate ourselves together to the common interest. At the moment, all our attention is focused on the young athletes who, in a few days, will shine our sport by participating in an extraordinary competition, which will represent for them an essential moment of sporting and personal growth.

Lausanne, September 27, 2019

The Board of Directors of the FIP

Official statement Junior World Championship 2019

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In response to requests for clarification submitted by a number of FIP members regarding the award and conduct of the Junior World Championship scheduled to be held in Benicasim and Castellon, Spain, from 12 to 20 October 2019, lest anyone be misled by the misrepresentative news circulated in this regard, the following factual information is provided below:

– The organization of the Junior World Championship was assigned to the Portuguese Padel Federation by resolution of the FIP passed at the Annual General Assembly held in Malaga on October 12, 2017;

– This award was confirmed at the Annual General Assembly held in Asunción on November 2, 2018;

– On 18 December 2018 — just ten months ahead of the previously scheduled world event — the President of the Portuguese Padel Federation waived the organisation of the aforesaid event without giving any prior notice;

– It was, therefore, necessary to ask affiliated federations to solve the problem caused by the sudden resignation of the Portuguese Padel Federation: for this purpose, by email sent by FIP dated December 24, 2018, all the affiliated federations were invited to submit new applications for the organization of the Junior World Championships, 2019;

– Unfortunately, as all members know, the FIP did not receive any requests at the end of the deadline set for sending applications on January 18, 2019.

– In a statement dated February 6, 2019, in which the unsuccessful result of the tender was indicated, the FIP announced that it would insist on finding a solution that would allow the celebration of the Junior World Championships.

– Immediately after, the FIP received the candidacy of the Federacion de Padel de la Comunidad de Valencia (Regional Federation integrated into the Spanish Padel Federation);

– Thereupon, as has been the case in previous FIP’s tournaments, on 2 April 2019 the Board of Directors of the FIP— having previously obtained the express approval of the Spanish Padel Federation (as formally expressed in a letter dated 21 February 2019 signed by its President, Mr Alfredo Garbisu Elzaurdy) — in the exercise of its powers and its institutional duties, unanimously awarded the organisation of the competition to the Federacion de Padel de la Comunidad de Valencia;

– This was officially announced on 8 April 2019, without any objections being raised by any member Federation in any respect;

– On the contrary, expressions of appreciation for the solution found by the FIP were aplenty, inasmuch as a solution had been found in a very short period of time to remedy an unfortunate turn of events which were jeopardising the conduct of a competition considered to be crucial for the development of our sport at the youth level.

Having clarified the situation from a factual perspective — and with reference being made to the rules governing the running of the FIP, which rules were recently reported to have been allegedly violated — it should be noted that in the period between the General Meetings (Article 20.2 of the By-laws) the Board has the power to adopt, by way of derogation from its ordinary powers, such measures as may be deemed necessary to ensure the smooth running of the Federation’s activities, including the conduct of international competitions. A similar power is attributed to the President of the FIP pursuant to Article 18.5(iii) of the aforesaid By-laws.

Therefore, (i) in compliance with the statutory rules, (ii) in the pursuit of its institutional aims and (iii) in the light of the exceptional situation arisen from the Portuguese Padel Federation’s waiver of the organisation of the Junior World Championships, the Board awarded the organisation of this event to the Federacion de padel de la Comunidad de Valencia. Moreover, this was done in compliance with the rules in force and subject to the prior approval of the Spanish Padel Federation.

The measure adopted by the Board will be submitted to the General Meeting for ratification on the occasion of its meeting scheduled to take place in Benicasim, Spain on 18 October 2019, as all the recipients hereof may see under point 10 of the relevant Agenda.

In the light of the foregoing, it is surprising that alleged doubts about the legitimacy of the work carried out by the FIP are speciously raised just two weeks before the start of the Junior World Championships with the ill‐concealed intention to boycott its conduct, and it is just as surprising that some of these doubts are raised by individuals who actively took part in the award process, such as the President of the Spanish Padel Federation.

Therefore, all member Federations are urged to commit to the success of the event with a view to ensuring the maximum spreading of Padel and the rise of new champions: the achievement of these objectives shall indeed help to overcome any misunderstandings and do away with any fruitless pursuit of personal interest.

Finally, and based on the above, the Board of Directors of the FIP reaffirms the celebration of the XII Junior World Championship, to be held, from 12 to 19 October 2019, in the cities of Benicasim and Castellon, Spain.

The international padel federation and bullpadel reached an agreement of sponsorship

Bullpadel and the IPF have reached a sponsorship agreement consisting of the official ball and clothing of the IPF. The agreement will be valid for two seasons, concluding at the end of next 2020.

As a result of the agreement, Bullpadel will have a presence in all IPF Circuit tournaments, including the World Junior Championships to be held in Castellon from October 11 to 20, the European Padel Championship in Rome from November 4 to 11, both in 2019 and the remaining international IPF tournaments including the absolute and veteran World Championships 2020

The Spanish brand that has seen how its work has made it a reference in the Padel industry, committed to the growth and momentum of the new era of the IPF with which it is expected that our sport will continue to increase in the number of countries and players and become an Olympic sport.

When signing, Luigi Carraro, president of the IPF, wanted to emphasize: “Happy that Bullpadel accompanies the growth of the international padel, we have started a new era that will take us, along with our sponsors, to be one of the most important sports of the world”.


We have the privilege and pleasure of sharing with all of you the correspondence just received by the President of GAISF, Dr. Raffaele Chiulli.

GAISF is the Global Association of International Sports Federations.

Founded in 1967, recognized by the International Olympic Committee, GAISF is a key pillar of the wider sports movement and acts as the voice for its 125 Members, Associate Observers Members.

We are happy that the steps taken so far towards the GAISF are seen in the right direction.  This confirms that the pathway followed so far by the International Padel Federation is the right one.

Of course, there is still a way to go, but we are confident that with the spirit of unity we can achieve the mission of making our sport as Olympic.