Decisive agreement between World Padel Tour and the International Padel Federation

A new tournament category is created with fewer restrictions for the players 

Decisive agreement between World Padel Tour and the International Padel Federation

World Padel Tour and the International Padel Federation have taken a new and decisive step to consolidate the competitive structures of padel at a global level. To the existing tournament categories of STAR, RISE and PROMOTION, a new one of higher rank called FIP GOLD  will be added that will also score for the unified WPT-FIP ranking. In addition, both organizations have agreed to reduce ranking restrictions, allowing a greater participation of players in them with the aim of guaranteeing a more ambitious competition offer that allows them to score more points and increase revenues.

During 2019, World Padel Tour and the International Padel Federation launched an ambitious collaboration framework in order to provide high-competition padel a solid structure at a global level that would allow establishing the paths to be followed by players and federations from the five continents to be able to reach the highest level represented by the Professional Circuit. The creation of a unified ranking and the establishment of a series of tournaments with different categories and scores was definitive to establish a solid base. Now, as a result of the continuous conversations and work meetings that both organizations hold regularly, a new category called FIP GOLD is born. The already existing FIP STAR, FIP RISE and FIP PROMOTION tournaments are joined by the new FIP GOLD category, which definitely completes the stage for high-level players and offers players from all over the world a complete competition offer that involves all possible levels of the WPT-FIP ranking and perfectly complements World Padel Tour. The four categories will score for the WPT-FIP ranking and will maintain proportionality in the score table to favor a dynamic situation in the variation of positions. It is therefore the birth of a vital category for the large number of players who seek access to privileged positions in the ranking and thus find an ideal competition for their purposes.




The President of the International Federation, Luigi Carraro, values ​​this agreement stating that “the mission to internationalize padel and help National Federations to develop by having tournaments that give the possibility of approaching the professional circuit, World Padel Tour, is great news for everyone. We build the basis of our relationship with World Padel Tour with the same objective: Increase the number of players of different nationalities and offer the best players from each country the opportunity to see themselves in an international ranking, adding more visibility to our sport. With this agreement, we not only consolidate all sections of the ranking by improving the conditions of professional players, but we also improve the organizational capacity of all federations that already include very important events in their calendars. In that sense, I hope to continue collaborating with World Padel Tour to place padel among the most important sports ”.

For his part, the General Director of World Padel Tour, Mario Hernando, underlines that: “This is an important advance for the consolidation of the global structure of elite padel at the world level. Two seasons ago, World Padel Tour and the International Padel Federation set the clear objective of building the necessary basis to allow the growth of players from all countries to the top of the World Padel Tour tournaments. The first stone was the unification of the ranking and now, with this new scenario, the calendar is definitively drawn for hundreds of players with professional aspirations. FIP and WPT will continue working together to continue improving padel and place it among the greatest in professional sports ”.

Despite the challenging difficulties that the global health situation and mobility restrictions generate in the development of sporting events, both the WPT and the FIP are confident of completing a calendar in 2021 according to plan and thus allow this agreement to show the great advance that it supposes for the sport.

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