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Padel reaches a new achievement, a historical milestone for our sport:

Today Padel has made history.

Back in July 2019, after a meeting with Raffaele Pagnozzi (General Secretary of COE – European Olympic Committee), Luigi Carraro decided to submit, on behalf of the IPF, the application for having padel included in the official program of the upcoming European Games that will take place in Krakov, Poland in 2023.

After gathering more information about IPF and our events, including the attendance to the XI European Padel Championship in November 2019 in Rome, the European Olympic Committee was surprised by the enormous potential of our competitions and by the professionalism and growth of our Member Federations, who work hard for the development of our sport.

From that moment on, the IPF has been cooperating with them by exchanging correspondence, holding meetings, and updating them about our development. Two years later, the hard work done together with the Polish Padel Federation, has paid off with the most important news received to date by IPF: Padel will be an independent discipline in the next edition of the European Games.

The importance of this piece of news goes way beyond the sports arena, due to the institutional impact that all the European Federations will have and the relationship they will entertain with the corresponding national Olympic Committees: this all will bring more power and recognition than ever.

Luigi Carraro said: I would like to thank the European Olympic Committees for welcoming Padel into the sports programme of the European Games Kraków-Malopolska 2023.

This is a historical moment for the International Padel Federation, our member federations, our athletes and – I am sure – all Padel lovers: girls and boys, women and men who practice our sport with growing passion and enthusiasm. I am sure we will contribute to the success of the European Games and we look forward to be part of it.

You can read more about it in the European Olympic Committee statement here

New record of participation in a European Padel Championship

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Another milestone for our sport: in the next CUPRA XII European Padel Championship, 18 countries will join the National Teams modality in the city of Marbella.

For the first time, the official FIP championship will have to organize a qualifying round to complete the final stage with the 16 best teams.

Once the deadline to confirm the registration ended, 18 countries corroborated their presence in this edition. 12 national teams will directly enter the final stage and 6 of them will compete, divided into two groups, the remaining 4 places to be eligible for the title of European champion 2021.

Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Italy, Lithuania, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Russia, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

Marbella, the city that saw the birth of Padel in Europe, will once again make history in our sport with the European event with the highest participation by national teams, although, the total number of flags represented will be even bigger with the registration in the Open by National Pairs of players representing emerging countries that very soon we will see compete with full teams.

We are waiting for you all, from June 28 to July 4 at the Marbella Fairgrounds.



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CUPRA and the International Padel Federation (FIP) extend their alliance

The body that regulates the international Padel, FIP and CUPRA, the automotive brand, will continue to collaborate and consolidate the project that began in 2019. The renewal between the two parties took place at a face-to-face event held at CUPRA’s headquarters in Barcelona.

Under the FIP Official Automotive category, CUPRA will continue to have important international assets with a presence in all tournaments and events such as the XV World Padel Championship in Doha, in addition, it will occupy the “Naming” of the most important circuits and tournaments:

  • CUPRA FIP TOUR with presence in 30 countries and 80 tournaments throughout the year
  • CUPRA FIP FINALS as the last event of the year
  • CUPRA XII 2021 European Padel Championships in Marbella

Antonino Labate, director of strategy of the automotive company, and the president of the FIP, Luigi Carraro, were present at the signing of the renovation.

Undoubtedly a strategic alliance in which two major brands come together with a common objective in the development, expansion, and international consolidation of both institutions.


Today, 28 April 2021, the General Assembly meeting of the International Padel Federation was held in Roma, at the prestigious venue of the “Honorary hall” of the Italian National Olympic Committee. The meeting started with the introductory welcome of Giovanni Malagò, President of the Italian National Olympic Committee.

Mr. Luigi Carraro was confirmed, unanimously, President of the IPF, for the following Olympic four-year term.

The members in attendance were also called to elect the Executive Board members and voted the following members:

  • Mr. Oscar Nicastro, from Argentina
  • Mr. Eduardo Langer, from Brazil
  • Mr.Ramón Morcillo, from Spain
  • Mr. Roberto Pellegrini, from Italy
  • Mr. Koji Nakatsuka, from Japan
  • Mr. José Luis García Frapolli, from Mexico

When called to vote on the applications for membership, the Assembly accepted the candidatures received from the following countries, who were welcomed into the family of IPF:

  • Bulgary
  • South Korea
  • Ecuador
  • Georgia
  • Malta
  • Qatar
  • Turkey
  • Ukrania

The IPF points that all the votes in the order of the day, including one with 4/5 votes needed, did not have any vote against, being approved 100% of all the topics of the Assembly, including, as well, the ones that required 4/5 and 2/3 of the votes.

The Assembly had a record in the quorum, the IPF congratulates the country members for their efforts and dedication.




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From International Padel Federation (FIP) we welcome the new directive of the French Tennis Federation (FFT) headed by its new president: Gilles Moretton.

Last week they started their work with Padel, showing to the FIP its interest in the growth of this discipline. The meeting between both institutions was held in Paris, between Luigi Carraro, the new president Gilles Moretton, Pierre Doumayrou (Secretary-General), Arnaud Clement, (Vice-President of Competition), and the development manager of Padel Arnaud Di Pasquale, former tennis player, Olympic medalist and passionate about our sport for more than 15 years. The topics discussed were focused on the plans of the Gallic country on the development of Padel nationally and internationally.

The key points of the meeting were:

  • Padel’s unique license.
  • Support and enhanced support to the Padel clubs
  • Boost teaching in the country with a new training course for coaches
  • Include more FIP international tournaments integrated into your circuits
  • Working to host the FIP’s most important International Championships

Without a doubt, having such a great federation working for Padel will make us much stronger and help our sport develop even faster and more professionally in the world.

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




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