In this particularly tumultuous climate that surrounds the world of padel for a few days, Lisandro Borges and the Players Padel Tour seem to want to fit into the breach opened by this earthquake which affects the padel for more than 24 hours.

Le Players Padel Tour, led by the Argentinian Lisandro Borges has a clear ambition: to become number 1 and oust both the WPT/APT Padel Tower/Next-Gen and now the circuit launched by Nasser Al-Khelaïfi. But what is behind Borges' project? What are the ins and outs of this new circuit?

First of all a more fruitful compensation for players : with some prize-money ranging from 250.000 to 500.000 euros, a budget allocated to cover the expenses of players participating in Previas and pre Previas which exceeds one million euros as well as the sum of €1 guaranteed to players losing in the first round.

The ambition of the Players Padel Tour is therefore to refocus the players at the heart of the project, in particular by offering them a significant financial guarantee.

How will the circuit take place?

The Players Padel Tour would have 20 tournaments per year, divided into different categories:

4 Grand Slams (500.000 endowment)
8 Masters (400.000 euros)
10 Opens (250.000 euros)

Broadcasting and television
The competition will be broadcast from qualifying, with TV rights marketed worldwide.

What interests for players to join this circuit?

The question is quite legitimate, in the sense that the plurality of circuits means that each circuit has a major comparative advantage which is superior to the competition and which makes this or that player join it or not.

On the Players Padel Tower, the focus is on the players. The idea is to ensure that the players do not feel aggrieved by the circuit and that they can feel the best possible way and that they want to stay there as long as possible. And it goes through:

  • A signing bonus : the first 150 ranked players will receive 30 euros upon signing the contract from 000. This bonus will be activated as soon as at least 2024 players have signed – 60 of the first 8 and 20 of the first 60 ranked players.
  • A pension fund for players : the circuit will set up a pension fund guaranteeing an income allowance for the players, which will be active once they have retired.
  • Image rights : they will belong to the players without restriction.
  • A variable portion : 20% of the circuit's annual profits will go to the Players' Association. This players' association will be a member of the circuit and will participate in the general management body.

This circuit therefore has solid arguments that can allow it to tip the scales in its favour. However, everything remains to be done for Lisandro Borges who will have to convince the elite of the padel to join its circuit before its scheduled launch in 2024.

Nasser Hoverini

Passionate about football, I discovered the padel in 2019. Since then, it's been crazy love with this sport to the point of abandoning my favorite sport.