It is in Madrid, in the capital of the country with 4 million players that the management committee of World Padel Tour (WPT) presented the calendar for its 4th edition.

During this highly anticipated event, officials expressed the wish to launch a revolutionary 2016 campaign, the main objective being to play more and reach a wider audience so that the padel can reign in all latitudes.

Here are the key elements communicated during the presentation of the WPT 2016, a campaign supposed to trigger interest in the padel on the international scene… Get ready, the season starts in Gijón on March 28…

The 15 dates are divided into 10 Open, 4 Masters (Monte Carlo, Barcelona, ​​Valencia, Buenos Aires) and 1 final Masters (Madrid).

In 2016, 6 new Spanish cities will have their WPT tournament, and Malaga is largely absent despite its status as a stronghold of the padel Spanish. The only Andalusian stop will be Seville.

Le padel Women is being put in the spotlight with the announcement of more tournaments to play, an increase in prize money, increased media exposure and more games to be played on the central arena.

A major building site for our favorite sport, and a real subject of topicality in Spain, the presence abroad is not put aside. In 2016 we will have a Challenger tournament in Lisbon, a Master in Monte-Carlo, another in Buenos Aires official exhibitions in Rome (during the ATP tournament) and Miami, so it remains a test in Eastern Europe or in the Persian Gulf to be attributed.

Elias Estrella death deathsOn the sporting level, let us remember the creation of the Elias Estrella trophy, rewarding the young player revelation of each tournament, tribute to the young talented Argentine disappeared in November 2015. In accordance with the demands of the players, some minor changes will appear in the rules (coaching, rest time and kine interventions).

On the media and transition side, the integral media management operated by the World Padel Tour is confirmed and several Spanish sports journalists are now part of the circuit's “communication” team… since the writing of Padel Magazine, we also hope that information will be available in French.

Growth and internationalization are therefore the arguments used to meet the challenge of making the padel to the “rest of the world”, it must be said that with 150000 spectators on the central track, 7.2 million all media combined, 15 million Youtube reproductions and 435 hours of TV, fans of padel do not expect less!

 Jean-Marc Hérard - Padel Magazine

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Jean-Marc Herard

Jean-Marc Herard is the chronicler Padel Magazine internationally. Barcelona offers us a more international vision of padel including his chronicle Padel Buzz. JMH is the scanner of padel World.