The French Tennis Federation and Babolat announced on Thursday the signing of a partnership agreement around the padel.
The famous sports equipment manufacturer becomes the official partner of the FFT for Padel for a period of four years (from 2017 to 2020).
50 000 practitioners ...
Discipline in full swing, padel attracts every year more and more practitioners. According to the FFT, one would have practicing 50 000 (Player who take advantage of the multiplication of the grounds (near 150 lands created since the FFT obtained the ministerial delegation in July 2014) to indulge in their new passion in the most of existing 100 clubs in France.
Babolat - the "leisure" and "competition" paddle
As part of this partnership, Babolat will support the Padel's "leisure" practice, notably by supporting the training of coaches, but also the competition by sponsoring the French Championships, the ranking and the P100 tournament circuit. Babolat will also support Padel's France teams with visibility on the jerseys.
At the same time, the FFT and "For My Padel" jointly launch the first Padel circuit, in collaboration with Babolat. This tournament circuit entitled "My Padel Tour FFT, by Babolat" starts this weekend at Padel Club Toulouse (25 and 26 March) and will be composed of 6 stages.
My Padel Tour, FFT and BABOLAT
This competition will continue at Bois d'Arcy (Padel Club, 8 and 9 April), in Saint-Orens (at the Tennis Club de l'Hers, the 22 and 23 April), in Valenciennes (at Big IV, the 8 and 9 July), in Perpignan (at the Mas Tennis Club, the 30 September and 1er October) and Lyon (Padel Central, 18 and 19 November). Each tournament will feature 24 or 32 teams at the men's and 8 or 16 teams at the ladies.
"My Padel Tour FFT, by Babolat" will end in style with a Masters, which will be played 2 and 3 December in Toulouse. The 16 best men's teams in the standings, as well as the 8 women's teams will win their ticket for this final round.
The seven men's competitions and two women's events, held at Bois d'Arcy and the Masters, are in the P1000 category, Padel FFT's highest ranking tournament.
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.