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Spain will have 5 Premier Padel events by 2024

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Two venues, Barcelona and Madrid, confirmed. One almost decided, Malaga. And the other two to be divided among several candidate venues.

As Mundo Deportivo has exclusively reported, Spain is expected to remain the epicenter of world padel thanks to Premier Padel next season and will be the country with the most venues, a total of five.

Premier Padel will continue to contribute to Spain

The internationalization is a reality, but will continue to coexist with Spain as the main stage where more tests will be held by the hand of Octagon (Premier Spain) followed by, probably, Italy, Argentina and Mexico.

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Luigi Carraro assured when asked by MD about internationalization: “Spain must continue to be the most important country in the world of padel and it will be the same in 2024”.

Luigi Carraro, presidente de la FIP.
Luigi Carraro, presidente de la FIP.

As Rob Mitchell, Premier’s commercial director, stated in the same vein: “We know how important Spain is for padel, the fans, the brands and the media”,

Although there are still some contracts to be signed, with approval in place, the selected venues will be announced once the official calendar for Premier’s first standalone season is confirmed.

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Barcelona will host the Finals

Undoubtedly, the Finals will be the turning point for professional padel in 2024, providing the opportunity to experience an exceptional weekend with the best couples of the year in one of the most emblematic places of the sport.

Barcelona will host the first Premier Finals starting next season, becoming the nerve center of the padel world with the presence of the best couples in both the men’s and women’s categories.

A competition that will mark the closing of the annual calendar of Premier events and will be held in December at a venue suitable for the occasion, although the exact venue has not yet been confirmed.

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Madrid will continue to play a leading role

The city of Madrid will continue to be part of the calendar for next season, as it could not be otherwise. Although it will experience a change in its location, as it happened in the first two editions.

The Madrid P1 is planned to take place in September, and it is very likely to return to its original location after having tested the celebration at the Madrid Arena in 2023.

Premier Padel in Wizink on 2022.
Premier Padel in Wizink on 2022.

The WiZink Center would be the place chosen to organize the P1 tournament in Madrid again, resuming the competition after a short break during the summer.

Andalusia wants to give the rest for paddle tennis.

Andalusia, together with the Junta, has taken the decision to support this new stage of padel, as it did previously with Padel Pro Tour and World Padel Tour. It even aspires to become the autonomous community with the highest number of tournaments.

Malaga maintains its passion for paddle and is in a privileged position to host one of the two stages with a P1 tournament, ensuring that the international tour will once again visit the cradle of the sport in Europe.

On the other hand, Sevilla aims to become the second city selected to host a P2 competition, scheduled to debut in 2024, although this decision will depend on local investment.

The other candidates: Valladolid, Bilbao and Valencia

With four events already allocated, unless Andalusia fails to close the second location due to budgetary constraints, there would be one event left to complete the calendar, either with a P1 or P2 competition.

For the time being, advanced discussions have been held with the organizers of Valladolid, with a “great harmony” between the parties. This tournament is considered fundamental to maintain the tradition of the last decade, although doubts arise about the possibility of holding the event in the Plaza Mayor.

The mythical center court in Valladolid's Plaza Mayor.
The mythical center court in Valladolid’s Plaza Mayor.

Another city that is in an advantageous position is Bilbao. Despite not having had a tournament since 2018, the Basque administration is showing great interest in revitalizing the professional padel tour.

Valencia also seems to be interested in hosting the remaining event. However, in the last few days, their interest has waned due to the demanding organizational conditions, although still this possibility is not completely ruled out.

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