This is the cancellation of the ladies semi-final at the padel per pair * (and not per team) because 2 brands did not agree on the correct attire to wear during the semi-finals of the Open. Don't you understand everything? We will tell you everything.

What happened…

At the same time, at the world championships padel by team 2016, the International Federation of Padel (FIP) organized the world championship of padel in pairs all this week in this great club of Quinta Da Marinha in Cascais (Portugal).

If none of our French pairs have unfortunately been able to go beyond the stage of the 8th finals, which obviously grieves much more, is the postponement and then the “withdrawal” of the Alayeto sisters in this Open for the semi-finals against Sainz and Triay. Why ?

To understand well…

The ALAYETO sisters are part of the Spanish team and therefore of the Spanish Federation of Padel (FEP).

The FEP is sponsored by the equipment manufacturer BULLPADEL.

The ALAYETO sisters and players are sponsored by STARVIE.

If for the world championships of padel by team, the sisters are obliged to play in uniform BULLPADEL, what for the paired championship in parallel ?!

The arguments of the 2 parties

From the side BULLPADEL, we explain that the whole Spanish team must wear BULLPADEL during the competitions that take place in Lisbon. She represents her country and the Spanish Federation of Padel during the two tournaments (World pair and team). Moreover, the Open required that the registrations of the pairs be made by nation and therefore that the 2 partners forming the pair be part of the same country.

On the STARVIE side, the Open is independent from the world, so it is a competition like the World Padel Tour. There would therefore be no reason that the ALAYETO sisters could play with BULLPADEL, outfit which must be used only when it comes to the World Championships padel and not during an Open considered as a tournament like any other.

Admittedly, this is an Open parallel to the world and therefore unrelated to the world, but at the same time each team represents a country and its Federation. Moreover, a pair had to be composed by 2 players of the same nationality.

Our opinion

The 2 arguments are equal. So difficult to form a certain opinion.

On the other hand what we can say is that 2 brands should have handled this case much earlier and not go at the last moment.

Because in the end, we have a broken competition because of these two brands that could not get along.

Thank you for the audience, thank you for the players sometimes come from very far, thank you for the show ...

Let us also remember when the first semi-final between Amatriain (Head) / Llaguno (Joma / Dunlop) to Salazar (Head) / Marrero (BlackCrown), the players all played in Spanish team uniforms, ie, in BULLPADEL.

Franck Binisti - PADEL MAGAZINE

Franck Binisti

Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Club des Pyramides in 2009 in the Paris region. Since padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France going to cover the major events of padel French.