We are inexorably approaching the end of the season, and there are now only a handful of tournaments left on the circuit. World Padel Tour before the start of the 2024 season. Malmö, Mexico and finally the World Padel Tour Master Final Barcelona: the year 2023 is about to bow out.
In women, the number one place has been assured since the Amsterdam tournament. On the other hand, among men, the situation is quite different. It remains 4 500 points to be won by the end of the season. For Arturo Coello, Agustin Tapia, Martin Di Nenno and Franco Stupaczuk, everything remains to be played.
A stunning start to the season for Coello/Tapia
Who would have thought, at the start of the season, that the men's competition would be so intense and full of twists and turns? It must be said that Arturo Coello and Agustin Tapia made an impression from the start. This new duo created sparks from the moment they formed, making every opponent they faced tremble.
Arturo Coello and Agustin Tapia shone with their mastery from start to finish, without making the slightest mistake. With 37 matches played and 37 victories as of June 1, many thought that the number one spot was already reserved for them. Between Juan Lebron's injury and the invincibility of Coello/Tapia against their runners-up Di Nenno/Stupaczuk, the Spanish-Argentinian duo seemed to have all the cards in hand.
The comeback of the superpibes
But the situation can quickly change. If Arturo Coello and Agustin Tapia started the season with a bang, the super players should not be underestimated. Constantly in the wake of the world leaders, Martin Di Nenno and Franco Stupaczuk never let too big a gap widen. And as proof, they are the authors of the best performance of the second part of the season.
Before the final of the German Open, lost to the returning Lebron and Galan, Di Nenno/Stupaczuk displayed a series of 22 consecutive victories. The superpibes, however, made up for it at the Amsterdam Open, winning a new title against Chingotto/Navarro in three sets.
Even if they tend to like suspense, playing matches in three sets or suffering 6/0 in the first set, the superpibes almost systematically manage to turn the situation around. Their determination is undoubtedly their major asset, without forgetting their exceptional level of play. With a truly leaping Franco Stupaczuk and a Martin Di Nenno as impressive in defense as in attack, they have all the assets to destabilize their adversaries.
What about next?
So, do Coello and Tapia have anything to worry about? Certainly, yes. Arturo Coello has 16.585 points, while Agustin Tapia has 16.465. Just behind, Martin Di Nenno (15.300) and Franco Stupaczuk (14.855) are holding on. With only a little more than 1.600 points difference, everything remains to be played for.
It must be recognized that since January, the trend has reversed between these two pairs. Since Tapia's injury, the world number ones seem to be in difficulty. It is important to note their elimination in the first round in the Netherlands, facing a strong team made up of Rubio and Arroyo.
So what are the possible scenarios? As for world number one, two options emerge. On the one hand, Arturo Coello and Agustin Tapia could continue their momentum until the Barcelona Masters, hoping, in the process, for a poor performance from Stupaczuk/Di Nenno. On the other hand, Stupaczuk and Di Nenno could win the next three tournaments, while hoping for missteps from the current leaders.
It is very difficult to predict with certainty who will finish at the top of the standings at the end of the season. What is certain, however, is that the events up to the Master guarantee suspense and spectacle.
It was his brother who one day told him to accompany him on a track. padel, since then, Gwenaëlle has never left the court. Except when it comes to going to watch the broadcast of Padel Magazine, World Padel Tour… or Premier Padel…or the French Championships. In short, she is a fan of this sport.