But what is happening on the padel planet? The World Padel Tour announces that from this year, it will be the application of NO AD to 40 everywhere on the professional circuit: The famous point in gold (punto de oro). A decision that may surprise in France.
While in France, the French Tennis Federation has decided to abolish the NO AD rule, generally not appreciated by padel players, the professional circuit meanwhile, will put into effect the golden point from the tournament in Marbella .
For many years, the World Padel Tour has touched everything in terms of the game and the general environment of the circuit. It is the turn of the regulations and the score. Is this a good thing for the professional padel player? In any case, professional players will have to get used to it.
We remember that France had been the laughing stock of the padel world when it set up NO AD in France. Many padel players had expressed their astonishment at this Franco-French rule. Spanish players who had tasted the French circuit and who played on the professional circuit asked the competent French people to “follow the example of what is done in Spain"
Of which act! The FFT has abolished the NO AD for this year and it is the World Padel Tour which establishes it. France against the tide? Not really.
There are economic reasons behind this rule. The matches must last less. After having eliminated the matches in 3 winning sets for the finals, we generalize the gold point (the NO AD) for the professional padel circuit.
Players will have to get used to it. And the fans too.
The World Padel Tour has an agreement with the TV channel GOL. And it is a safe bet that this ambition to see padel more and more on television had an influence on this decision.
The World Padel Tour does not seem closed to go back if this decision is challenged at the end of the year. We will see.
Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Pyramid Club in 2009 in the Paris region. Since then padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France by going to cover the big French paddle events.