Padil: Passion before money

Unknown to the general public not so long ago, the padel, a sport derived from tennis and squash popularized by our Iberian neighbors continues to gain fame, but if it is not lacking in followers, for the time being, very few elected officials can brag about their ability to do so . A living from it, even among the elite.

Increase in value in recent years

There are many ways to assess the success of a sport, such as the number of players, the number of clubs, or even, in this case, the number of rackets sold, and the fact that the exchange takes off in each of these categories, both in France and abroad.

According to Padel Magazine, France at the beginning of 2022 had about 18,000 licensees, of whom 2,450 were women. Concretely, these are FTF-registered players who have participated in at least one substitute tournament during the past 12 months, because you should know that at the moment, there is no PADEL licence, strictly speaking within France.

Moreover, even if these numbers are encouraging, they are still much lower than what is happening on the other side of the border. Having reached nearly 100,000 licensees at the end of 2021, An increase of 22% compared to 2020 (75,548 members), our Iberian neighbors are really passionate about this sport, and moreover they dominate the international scene alongside the Argentines. Passion, moreover, does not seem to know any age limit, quite the contrary.

In Spain, veterans (39 years or older) make up 54% of the players, followed by adults (24-39 years) who make up 29.2% of the total. Numbers against the tide of what is done in tennis, a sport that mainly attracts the youngest.

Finally, one of the most interesting relates to the number of rackets sold. If in 2002 83,434 copies passed in the world, in 2017 the limit of 400,000 copies was largely exceeded.

However, the coherent increase, insofar as this sport was of interest to two countries at the time, is now exported all over the world, in both America and Asia, even across Africa. FIFA also organized a match in Egypt in 2019, with the pyramids as a backdrop; An exceptional environment for a sport of equally exceptional growth.

It should also be noted that if Padel is exported particularly well, it is certainly thanks to important ambassadors from other disciplines at his disposal, such as Yugen Klopp, Neymar or even Zidane, who do not hesitate to present themselves on social networks. , racket in hand.

A specialty that should pay off big

The other big progress is on the competition side. If we talk about a world sporting event in 2022 in Qatar, everyone thinks of the FIFA World Cup, and racket fans can rejoice, they will also have the right to participate in their tournament: Qatar’s flagship exchange.

Funded by QSI (the investment fund that owns PSG), this contest wishes to celebrate the occasion in financial terms, with a key to an endowment of €525,000. An amount that is far from what we find in the tennis world, of course, but it is clear progress despite everything.

Previously, the best players in the padel world were associated with the World Padel Tour, which not only required its members to participate in all organized tournaments under penalty of fines, The amount ranges from 300,000 to 500,000 euros, but the rewards paid to athletes were relatively modest for a sport that was beginning to take on such a size.

Thus, the main interested parties decided, in October 2021, to create their own consortium, the Power Purchase Agreement, headed by the current world number one Alejandro Galán, and engage in a legal battle in the hope of canceling their contracts with the WPT. .

In 2021 the duo topped the world rankings, Alejandro Galan and Juan Lebron, win €113,595 in prize money (each). An amount that decreases rapidly if you land in the world rankings, because world No. 11 and 12, Juan Tello and Federico Shinjuto each won 57,979 euros each, as for Momo Gonzalez, although world No. 16, not only won 33,477 euros all this Of course except for the care.

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