The French Tennis Federation will propose an update of its padel rules for next autumn. Focus on what you need to know for the next padel competitions:

Game formats

While it was previously impossible to make a padel tournament with a "classic" game format, the FFT will allow from next year this famous formula ...

Starting from the 2017 sports year, 5 game formats will be usable for the Padel whose traditional format:

Long formats:

1 format: 2 sets to 6 games (traditional format)

2 format: 2 sets to 6 games, 3st set = SJD (Super decisive game) at 10 points

3 format: 2 sets to 6 games, no ad, 3st set = SJD to 10 points

Short formats:

4 format: 2 sets to 4 games, no ad, decisive game to 3 / 3, 3st set = SJD to 10 points

5 format: 1 set to 9 games, no ad, decisive game to 7 points to 8 / 8

If we look at the possibility of making tournament matches in a classic format next year, the FFT will also allow the organizers to shorten matches if necessary with winning 4 sets. The organizer may also change this format during a tournament.

Number of matches per day

The FFT will specify a little later the contours of this regulation. But overall, a player will be able to do in a single day no more than 3 matches with the standard format (Format 1) and up to 7 matches allowed in short format.

Tournament categories

A little under the same format as the International Paddle Federation with its categories, the FFT will also propose categories of tournaments.

Starting from the 2017 sports year, 4 tournament categories will be used, determined according to the prize money awarded. by event.

  • P100 (Padel 100): prize money from 0 to 249 €. 4 teams minimum.
  • P250 (Padel 250): prize money from 250 € to 499 €. 4 teams minimum.
  • P500 (Padel 500): prize money from 500 € to 999 €. 8 teams minimum.
  • P1000 (Padel 1000): prize money from 1000 € or more. 16 minimum teams, selected thanks to the ranking.

JAT 1 is enough to make a padel tournament

The FFT has also decided to make the organization of a padel tournament simple. The JAT1 will be able to organize a padel tournament without the approval or direction of a JAT2 or JAT3, regardless of the type of tournament.

The championships of France will also evolve

These updates will normally be applied at the beginning of October.

Regional phases can also be managed by a JAT1. The 2 finalist pairs will thus be qualified for the interregional phases. The tournament will be considered a P500.

Interregional phases should most often group 3 leagues with the possibility also to be managed by a JAT1. The format used: 2 hens of 3 players. The 2 pairs finalist will be qualified for the finals of the championships of France. The tournament will be considered a P1000.

The final phases should group 16 pairs men and women. The tournament will be considered a P1000 but where a coefficient of 2 will be applied.

This formula in 3 phases will apply this year. The interregional phases will take place on September 24 and 25. The interregional groups have not yet been formed. This will depend on whether or not certain regional steps are taken.

The FFT has also taken into account the level difference that can occur between several leagues. This is why in interregional phases, it will try to separate at least the 3 strongest French leagues as much for men as for women: The league Côte d'Azur / The league Provence / The league Midi-Pyrenees. These leagues will then technically be able to have 2 pairs represented in the final stages of the French padel championships which will take place this year at Padel Attitude (League of Flanders) of 14 at 16 next October.

Franck Binisti - PADEL MAGAZINE

Franck Binisti

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.