Some invest in their partner to try to win matches, or even tournaments, while others take advantage of the boom in tournaments padel internationally to earn valuable points more easily for their future competitions in Europe. We explain how it works.

Go far from (Western) Europe to secure points!

In recent years, another strategy has gained popularity: instead of paying a partner, some players travel abroad to accumulate points. For what ? Because the level of competition is often (much) lower than in Europe. For example, among the French players, some left for Lithuania in Japan or Australia to gain confidence and earn points. Often this pays off. Of course, these trips can be expensive, but in the end, it's a winning strategy, as French players collect valuable points for the rest of the season, and they may even get some or even all of their money back. of their costs thanks to the winnings won in tournaments.

For example, Julien Seurin and Manu Vives won two tournaments in Australia in 2024. This operation proved beneficial by adding up the prizes won and the points accumulated. It allowed both players to progress in the rankings and therefore to be better placed in the tables in Europe.

We can also cite the example of the pair De Meyer / Thomas Vanbauce, who undertook an Asian tour as part of the FIP Tour.

A strategy that will grow

One of the specialists in the field, perhaps the first Frenchman to have initiated and validated this strategy, is the almost retired Jérémy Scatena. He also stressed that this constituted “a future strategy for players, because the number of international tournaments is exploding, which makes it possible to distribute good players over numerous tournaments.” He recalled that “the level in Europe has nothing to do with the level on other continents, particularly in Africa, Oceania or Asia”, taking the example of his victory in FIP Rise in Japan alongside another Frenchman, Dylan Guichard.

So obviously, if you're starting out padel or your level leaves something to be desired, it will be more judicious to stay on the P100 in France. But for players who have international ambition and who want to progress in the FIP ranking, this short-term strategy could be very lucrative for a category of players of padel who are unable to perform on the FIP Tour circuit in Europe, but who are not far from reaching a milestone.

Franck Binisti

Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Club des Pyramides in 2009 in the Paris region. Since padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France going to cover the major events of padel French.