Luxury competition organised by Jimmy Butler, star of the NBA’s Miami Heat. Big fan of paddle tennis and friend of several players.
It will be played from 8-10 February, just the week after the Hexagon Cup, and will feature 14 of the world’s best players.
What is it like and what is so special about it?
Thanks to the information provided by our colleagues at Relay, we can tell you what this new competition is all about and what makes it so popular.
First of all, it is expected to have the biggest prize money in the history of padel. So, it would have to surpass the grandiose figure of one million euros that is up for grabs this weekend at the Hexagon.
In addition, it will bring together players such as Galán, Lebrón, Chingotto, Garrido, Yanguas, Stupa, etc. and will bring them together with Hollywood stars such as Claire Holt, former tennis number 1s such as Venus Williams or one of the NBA’s biggest stars, such as Jimmy Butler.
A very different format and a revolutionary rule
The competition format resembles a fusion of the Ryder Cup in golf and the Laver Cup in tennis. Two teams will be made up of seven players, who will be selected by a draft system the day before the start of the tournament.
Two teams will compete against each other through multiple three-set matches, with the value of the matches increasing as the rounds progress. The team with the most wins at the end of the third day will be crowned champion of the competition.
The main innovation is that each team will be led by a captain, who will select the players who will participate in the matches and may make substitutions at any time during the match, limited to one player change per match.
Jimmy Butler’s words
In addition to being an organiser, Jimmy Butler will be one of the team captains: “Miami is in for something special. I’m thrilled to be part of this global paddle movement. I have seen the sport grow so much over the last few years. We are looking forward to a tournament that will be a lot of fun and great for the city of Miami,” said the Miami Heat player.
New York Yankees legend and Hall of Famer Derek Jeter will captain the tournament’s second team. In addition, there will be a charity game that has already raised more than one million dollars.
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