The French Tennis Federation (FFT) and Premier Padel, the official world circuit of padel managed by the International Federation of Padel (FIP), supported by the Professional Association of Padel (PPA) and Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), are proud to announce that Stade Roland-Garros will host the " Paris Premier Padel Major from July 11 to 17, 2022, as part of a multi-year agreement.
This premier event will showcase the fastest growing sport in the world.
The " Paris Premier Padel Major is the first Major category tournament announced in Europe and the second Major announced within the framework of the official circuit Premier Padel, supported by the professional players of the PPA and organized under the governance of the FIP. Held in the historic Stade Roland-Garros, the “Major” will offer players and spectators an unprecedented premium experience around a spectacular professional sport.
This competition, which will bring together the elite of the discipline, will offer players 2 ranking points and a record prize pool.
With the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Premier Padel this week and the organization of this Major, the FFT is becoming a key partner and player in the padel on the international scene. It is also involved in the development of padel at all levels in France, where this sport is booming with already 280 practitioners.
Premier Padel will organize at least ten new tournaments, including four "Major" events in 2022 and 2023. The final of the first of them, the Ooredoo Qatar Major 2022, is played today (live in France on beIN SPORTS and the channel youtube from Premier Padel). From 2024, the circuit Premier Padel plans to hold at least 25 tournaments across all of its categories to appeal to fans on five continents.
The " Paris Premier Padel Major will be broadcast worldwide by some of the biggest international media groups, including ESPN, SKY, Viaplay, SuperSport and (in France) beIN SPORTS. Premier Padel is continuing its exchanges with broadcasting partners in order to develop television coverage of this event.
Gilles Moretton, President of the FFT, said: « It is an honor to be the first European country to offer the best players on the planet a competition of padel "Major". The FFT is proud to write the history of padel by partnering with the FIP and Premier Padel to organize the Paris Premier Padel Major at Roland Garros Stadium. This event will give the padel a new dimension and strengthen the enthusiasm of the French for this discipline, which the FFT supports by means of a complete development plan ».
Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, Chairman of Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), said: « Today is a very strong moment for the padel, whether in France, Europe or worldwide. From day one, we said the new official circuit would propel the sport to the top. The organization of a Major at the Stade Roland-Garros bears witness to this. This tournament is truly special and will be one of four 'Major' events, and I would like to thank the FFT for their passion and vision in developing the padel in France ».
Luigi Carraro, President of the International Federation of Padel, said : « We are absolutely delighted for our sport and for the players that the padel, under the governance of the International Federation of Padel, or played at one of the most iconic and revered venues in the world, Stade Roland-Garros. the padel is growing rapidly in France and we look forward to showcasing our sport at its very best to new audiences in this spectacular venue and to viewers around the world, as part of this multi-year agreement. ».
The announcement and signing of the memorandum of understanding illustrate the mobilization of the FFT for the padel in France, under the aegis of the FIP abroad and with the support of Premier Padel, whose strategy, which is based on a professional approach, aims to deploy the circuit in new leading sites around the world and to offer a premium experience to players and fans alike.
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.