We looked at the winnings of the padel players at the World Padel Tour (WPT) professional tournaments. We only investigated the men because the ladies have a professional circuit unfortunately less active than that of the gentlemen with in particular less stages, object besides tensions between the professional players and the World Padel Tour.
But let's refocus on the starting point: Can we become rich in the padel? NO, especially when we compare the huge difference of prize money between tennis and padel.
A number that is doing well but ...
The world number one wins in 1 year what wins a top tennis player 120 / 130. To give another idea of the difference in prize money between tennis and padel, a top 100 worldwide tennis wins on average a little less than 200.000 € gross / year, a top 150 around 75.000 € / year and a top 200, about 20.000 € / year.
This means that a top 150 world tennis equivalent to a top 5 / 4 professional paddle.
In passing, remember that we must deduct prize money, taxes, transport, hotels, coach, physio ...
Below is the prize money of the players during the 2015 / 2016 season:
- Fernando Belasteguín: 106.665,50 €
- Pablo Lima: 92.261,50 €
- Sanyo Gutiérrez: 80.586,50
- Juani Mieres: 80.390 €
- Matías Diaz: 60.057 €
- Maxi Sánchez: 58.813 €
- Juan Martín Diaz: 58.616,50 €
- Miguel Lamperti: 34.320 €
- Adrián Allemandi: 34.320 €
- Willy Lahoz: 32.687 €
- Ramiro Moyano: 31.032,50 €
- Maxi Grabiel: 27.582,50 €
- Agustín Gómez Silingo: 27.472,50 €
- Cristian Gutiérrez: 26.455 €
- Aday Santana: 22.109 €
- Jordi Muñoz: 17.390,50 €
- Federico Quiles: 16.252,50 €
- Sebastian Nerone: 16.230 €
- Gabriel Reca: 16.230 €
- Godo Diaz: 14.809 €
Well, by sympathy, we will give you another figure: 9 10 million euros of prize money for the 1 world number as in 2012 for the Djoker (9.7 precisely). But it is quite variable in the top 3 to a few million.
Revenue up from Padel Pro Tour era
The Padel Pro Tour is the former professional paddle circuit that has been supplanted for another professional circuit since 3 / 4 years ago, the World Padel Tour.
In 2010, the best world players had won on the Padel Pro Tour:
- Fernando Belasteguín: 44.975 euros
- Juan Martín Díaz: 44.975 euros
- Sebastián Nerone: 34.491 euros
- Cristian Gutiérrez: 34.491 euros
- Pablo Lima: 29.323 euros
- Juani Mieres: 29.323 euros
- Matias Díaz: 27.427 euros
- Miguel Lamperti: 27.427 euros
- Hernán Auguste: 25.885 euros
- Gabriel Reca: 25.885 euros
It should be noted that the revenues of the top 10 worldwide between 2010 and 2015 / 2016 have almost doubled. Obviously, it is rather a good thing, but when one goes down a little in the hierarchy of the padel world, one observes that the increase of the prize money is far from having followed.
We understand better why so many Spanish tennis players so talented padel focus their career on tennis ...
Franck Binisti - Padel Magazine
Source: World Padel Tour / The Point / Padel Pro Tour
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.