Controversies are swelling around this subject. Only eight pairs in the women's main draw of the FIP Rise Metepec in Mexico… is this allowed?

During the FIP Rise Metepec, we witnessed a very specific scenario: sonly eight pairs registered for the tournament in the women's category. Consequently, players entered in the tournament enter directly into the quarter-finals. Obviously, this can make one cringe, especially when we know how difficult it can be for players to reach the quarter-finals in a tournament.

We too asked ourselves the question of whether this was authorized by the International Federation of Padel. So we leafed through the countless pages of the regulations to find the answer to our questions.

In the end, we found what we were looking for, in point 5 : Technical specifications. Indeed, paragraph 5.1.5. states this:

  1. "The maximum number of pairs that must make up the main draw for the tournament to count for ranking will be 32 pairs. The minimum number of pairs required to make up a main draw for the tournament to count for ranking will be 16 pairs."

Further in the specifications, we also find this, paragraph 5.13.5 :

  1. "If in a tournament of sixteen players in pairs there is a WO in the first round of the main draw, the results will not be taken into account in the individual FIP ranking, unless the total number of players who competed between the qualifying round and the first round of the men's main draw exceeds sixteen pairs."

In short, the organizers of a tournament have the right to start a tournament, even with eight pairs. The only thing to remember is that the tournament will not count for the ranking. Players from other countries therefore take the risk, during this trip, of not obtaining any points for the FIP ranking at the end of the competition.

Consequently, the sixteen players who participated in the FIP Rise Metepec tournament should not receive points for ranking.

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.