For a long time, the P500s were reserved for the best players in padel In France. It was usual to see Top100 participants there. However, with the creation of a new category, P1500, and the removal of the obligation to prize money, P500s have stopped being prized by high-ranked French players, to the benefit of players less well positioned in the ranking, who can therefore more easily try to gain points.

In addition to this opening, the removal of prize money compulsory had another impact: the increase in the number of P500 ladies in France. For years, this category of tournaments was not very present in France, to the great misfortune of the players. Myself, during a tournament, I had the opportunity to meet two players from Pau, traveling more than four hours to play a P500 in Sète (and a P250 in Béziers to try to accumulate points).

Now the number of P500 ladies increased drastically. A testimony on Facebook told us that between 2019 and 2023 in Alsace, there had only been one p500 women. This year there have already been three and two are to come. Alsace not yet being completely impregnated by the padel, as could be Occitanie or PACA, this suggests good years to come for this region.

So, yes, this proliferation of P500s can have disappointing repercussions. The level of this category is falling inevitably with the increase in the general number of tournaments. In fact, players who traveled a long way to participate in these tournaments no longer do so. Of course, it's a shame for the level of P500 but, on the other hand, it allows us to continue the democratization of padel.

In France, the number of tournaments increased by 84% between 2022 and 2023, a stratospheric number which clearly demonstrates the attraction of the French for padel in competition !

Gwenaelle Souyri

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.