This year is proving to be a real success for padel in the UK, with more players, tournaments, and new facilities on the horizon.
The British Padel TOUR launched its 2014 calendar with the first tournament being disputed in February at the David Lloyd facility in Bushey/Watford. Participation was at an all time high attracting players from all over Europe.
The Men's A category was won by the Anglo-Spanish pairing, Frankie Langan (GBR) and Cayetano Rocafort (ESP) with a spectacular performance beating Mauri Andrini of Argentina, and Gabriel Loredo of Mexico, in three sets. Frankie Langan of Chigwell, Essex continues to hold the number 1 spot in the British Padel TOUR Rankings.
The up-and-coming British junior player, Sam Jones of Chigwell, Essex partnered by Gabo Loredo, beat the Peter Vann/Nick Holloway duo from Huddersfield, to win the Men’s B category.
In the Ladies Open, Liane Rodriguez and Rebeca Sanchez of PadelClub London stormed through the competition defeating Gemma Sgariglia and Ruth Bell in the final. With this win Liane Rodriguez moves into the top position of the British Padel TOUR Rankings.
The next British Padel TOUR event will be held at the David Lloyd facility in Chigwell, Essex on the weekend of April 25th-27th. The sign up deadline is April 22nd (before 2pm). www.britishpadel.co.uk
At the end of February Team GB (comprised of 18 players) travelled down to the International Tournament of Estepona, Spain hosted by German Schafer. Our Men’s team won the event beating Ireland, Argentina, and a local Estepona team in the finals.. Our ladies also put on a spectacular performance making it to the finals.
Team GB is pictured below.
Pictured from left to right: (Top row) Paul Jepson, Tim Edwards, Matt Every, Nicky, Lizzie Wilson, Isabella Tom, Tom Murray, Nick Hollowary.
(Bottom row): Richard Brooks, Mike Tolman, Barney Howard, Maryam Adejumo, Beth Gardner, Frankie Langan, Camilla Tom, John Leach, Peter Vann, Graeme Darlington.
British Padel were also present at the Padel Pro Show in Madrid, Spain on March 21st where Tom Murray (founder of the British Padel TOUR) was invited to speak about his experiences and the internationalisation of padel - pictured in the panel below.
PADEL PRO SHOW, MADRID (SPAIN) - March 21st, 2014
Panel of speakers
Pictured from left to right: José Luis Sicre (General Manager of Adidas Padel, Jan Bonaerens and Patrick Lelubre (Padel 4U2 Gent, Belgium),
Steffano Magnoldi (Padel Italy), Tom Murray (Vice President of British Padel), Ana Bastarreche (President of the European Padel Federation), Ricardo Fernández (Racquets Manager - Head), Javier Morcillo (Commercial Manager of Drop Shot), Alfredo Peñalver (General Manager of Bull Padel).