Ex-number ones Pablo Lima and Maxi Sánchez announce 2022 partnership

Former number ones Pablo Lima and Maximiliano Sánchez have announced a new partnership for the 2022 World Padel Tour season.

Ex-number ones Pablo Lima and Maxi Sánchez announce 2022 partnership

Former number ones Pablo Lima and Maximiliano Sánchez have announced a new partnership for the 2022 World Padel Tour season.

Both South Americans were tournament winners in 2021 with their respective partners and qualified for the Estrella Damm Master Final 2021. However, the two were knocked out in the first round - the quarter-final stage.

This is the first big off-season move in terms of new partnerships, with many more likely to come in both the men's and women's Circuits.

Lima and Sánchez in 2021

The Brazilian Lima started 2021 alongside Agustín Tapia but switched to Javi Ruiz after the Lugo Open. He won back-to-back tournaments with Tapia in Las Rozas and Málaga and made one more final at the Marbella Master.

With the Spaniard Ruiz, Lima never advanced past the quarter-final stage in their five events together. The second-most winningest player in World Padel Tour history was then forced to play the Estrella Damm Master Final 2021 with debutant Momo González as Ruiz did not have sufficient points to qualify.

Sánchez was partnered with fellow Argentinian Luciano Capra in 2021, where they won the Valladolid Master but failed to make another appearance in a final, making two semi-finals apart from their victory in Valladolid.

South American padel royalty

Only eight players have been number ones since World Padel Tour's inception in 2013. For two of those eight to partner up says a lot about the potential of this South American tandem.

Alongside El Boss Fernando Belasteguín, Lima was number one for three consecutive years in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The year after, it was none other than Maxi Sánchez and then-partner Sanyo Gutiérrez who took the crown from Bela and Lima. Both pairs met in 2018's Master Final final, where Lima and Belasteguín got the better of the newly-crowned number ones.

I am full of excitement and motivation to share the court with this great player and better person @PabloJoseLima. We will fight and work hard to show our best version of play and we hope to do so while enjoying every game. Thanks to everyone for your unconditional support, it is very important to me. We will see each other on the courts!
Maxi Sánchez on Twitter, @MaxiSanchezOfi

In terms of tournament wins, Lima and The Shark Sánchez have a whopping 71 between them - 49 for Lima (only Belasteguín has more) and 22 for Sánchez.

All statistics point to this newly-formed partnership to be a potential powerhouse in the men's Circuit. We will see how it translates onto the court when the 2022 season starts in February in Miami!

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