The World Padel Tour offered us an exceptional 2019 vintage. It must be said that the players have outdone themselves both in the ladies than in the gentlemen. And what about the finish in boys with surprises, incredible matches and stars in the eyes.
However, this does not prevent us from questioning the World Padel Tour on several points of the regulation.
First, in boys, we find ourselves with 2 tied players at the 16e place. This place is obviously very important since it is the last qualifying place for the Master of Barcelona bringing together the 16 best players in the world. This end of the season is so crazy that we end up with 2 players with the same number of points in the ranking (3210): Silingo and Germani.
There are 3 days, the World Padel Tour has proceeded to a draw to know which of these two players could participate in the Master. Agustin Silingo is the lucky winner.
A priori, we have Juani Mieres who is the isolated player in this top 16. So we bet for a pair Mieres / Silingo for the Master.
The question is: Why did the WPT draw a draw for the Master?
Indeed, the process is amazing. Off, the opinion of many padel players in the top 100 world confirms that it is a "stupidity to settle this case on a simple draw"
And we understand them. They are players who play all year round and fight to participate in the Padel Master that brings together the 16 players in the world.
To settle this matter simply by drawing lots, therefore, seems "brutal and unjust".
So we have some ideas to eventually change the rules.
1 idea : Why not decide between the two players based on direct confrontations between the two protagonists. So yes, it's not like tennis, an individual sport. But, that's just what happens more than this draw.
2 idea : A 1 vs 1 match on a solo field ... it sounds crazy. And yet, individual fields exist even if they are very little practiced. And at least the tie is done on the ground.
3 idea : Let the single player in the 15 top selected for the Master choose his partner. In this case, it is certainly Juani Mieres who played right all season. It would be logical for him to opt for a left-wing player and therefore Agustin Silingo. Chance did things right, even though we know that Mieres is capable of playing on the left without any worries. He had been the world number two with Pablo Lima for many years.
This situation is however rare. We hope that the World Padel Tour will modify this point of the rules in the event of a new equality of points between 2 players for the Master.
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.