The LTA’s Nationwide Tennis Centre is ready to host the primary skilled padel occasion in Nice Britain, with the London Padel Open getting underway between August 4-7.
Padel has been described as a cross between tennis and squash, performed on a courtroom that permits gamers to hit the ball after it bounces again off the wall. Curiosity within the sport in Britain has boomed because it was built-in into the day-to-day operations on the LTA in 2019 and there are actually 89,000 lively padel gamers and 200 courts throughout the nation.
The London Padel Open is a part of the Cupra FIP (Worldwide Padel Federation) Tour and incorporates a mixed males’s and girls’s occasion. The London Padel Open is performed as a straight knockout match, that includes 32 pairs within the males’s occasion and roughly 17 within the ladies’s as the game seems to be to achieve new ranges in Britain.
Within the ladies’s draw, British No.1 Tia Norton is within the line-up alongside Spain’s Carla Fito Fernández. The pair lead the sector in the intervening time with 46 rating factors, thanks to some pre-qualifying leads to Denmark and Marbella. Norton, 18, made historical past final 12 months by turning into the primary British girl to compete in and win a World Padel Tour match on the Malaga Open.
The opposite British star coming into this occasion with World Padel Tour rating factors is Hansie Ruddick, who will play with Ivet Val Lopez. Each Ruddick and Norton had been a part of the British workforce to function finally 12 months’s World Padel Championships.
Tennis followers can be to observe British No.1 Laura Robson in motion as she makes her cameo look in a padel occasion, teaming up with Sian Bayliss – who additionally performed skilled tennis. Abigail Tordoff who additionally performed singles at Wimbledon can be collaborating.
Laura RobsonHeading up the British problem within the males’s draw is Christian Medina Murphy and his Spanish companion Javier Navarro Perez. The pair look set to come back in because the seventh seeds, with a mixed 197 rating factors this season. Earlier this 12 months, Murphy grew to become a part of the primary British workforce to win a Tour match on the FIP €525,000 Italy Main, with Sam Jones.
All-British duo Jones and Louie Harris will look to make their mark on the London Padel Open as two of the nation’s rising stars within the recreation. Jones and Harris have created a formidable partnership of their very own this season – having completed runners-up on the LTA Nationwide Padel Tour occasion in Stratford.
Trying to make his return on the London Padel Open is Richard Brooks – who is ready to play in his first Tour occasion since September 2021. Certainly one of Britain’s most skilled padel stars, Brooks will look to mark his comeback with some sturdy outcomes as he groups up with Alejandro Tasa Van Beek.
The London Padel Open can even welcome a number of of the most important stars from internationally – together with world No.77 Ignacio Vilariño Gestoso and his companion Jabor Al-Mutawa. Vilariño has competed in the principle draw at two World Padel Tour Grasp occasions this 12 months and has racked up a complete of twenty-two wins in 2022 alone.
Elsewhere, Spanish Ricardo Martinez Sanchez groups up with the Frenchman Jeremy Scatena because the second seeds, whereas world No.76 Carlos Jimenez Casas from Spain joins up with Bastien Blanque after having reached the semi-finals on the Tau Cerámica Getafe Challenger again in April.
Dutch star Maaike Betz leads an thrilling line-up within the ladies’s essential draw, alongside Spain’s Natalia Sanz Garcia. In the meantime, third seeds Carolina Gallo Frias and Evelyn Lacamoire may very well be set to mount a critical problem for this 12 months’s title.
Tom Murray, Head of Padel on the LTA, mentioned: “We’re delighted to welcome among the world’s greatest padel gamers for the London Padel Open. The Nationwide Tennis Centre is prepared for the primary skilled padel match ever staged within the UK and it is a enormous alternative to help our gamers on our pathway and promote the game transferring ahead. Now we have huge plans for the remainder of this 12 months, with the European group qualifying matches for FIP 2022 World Championships being hosted in partnership with We Are Padel Derby on the finish of September. Then the LTA can be trying to push the game to the subsequent stage within the UK in 2023.”
Stay protection of the London Padel Open can be obtainable throughout the LTA web site, our YouTube and TikTok channels. Matches can even be broadcast reside on the FIP’s digital channels.