Historic agreement for Italy to host Premier Padel Major next month
“This is another momentous moment for the development of padel as part of the new Premier Padel tour, both in Europe and around the world” – Nasser al-Khelaifi, President of QSI
The International Padel Federation (FIP), the Italian Tennis Federation (FIT) and Sport e Salute (the Italian government’s sports agency) have announced that Italy will host a Premier Padel Major in May as part of a new multi-year tournament agreement.
Premier Padel is the official padel world tour, governed by the FIP and supported by the Professional Padel Association (PPA) and Qatar Sports Investments (QSI).
The annual Tier 1 tournament, which will be known as the Italy Premier Padel Major, will take place at Rome’s historic Foro Italico from May 23-29.
Qualifiers will take place on May 21 and 22, with the main draw starting at their conclusion.
The Italy Premier Padel Major completes the list of four Majors of the new Premier Padel Tour in 2022, namely Italy, France, Mexico and Qatar.
Italy’s Premier Padel Major will offer players 2,000 ranking points and a record prize money, in line with all Majors on the new Premier Padel Tour, a press release notes.
Launched earlier this year, Premier Padel will host at least 10 new tournaments in 2022, including four major Category 1 events.
The first major – the Ooredoo Qatar Major 2022 – took place in Doha in March.
Along with the Italy Premier Padel Major in May, the other category 1 tournaments are the Paris Premier Padel Major at Stade Roland Garros from July 11 to 17 and the Mexico Premier Padel Major at Club Sonoma in Monterrey from November 28 to December. 4.
The first Category 2 tournament has also been announced in recent weeks, with the Argentina Premier Padel P1 taking place from August 8-14.
More announcements are forthcoming.
The agreement demonstrates the vision FIT and Sport e Salute have for padel in Italy – a country that is fast becoming one of the biggest padel markets.
According to data from the National Padel Observatory, grassroots padel in Italy has quintupled since the start of 2020, as measured by a number of padel courts, while the number of padel schools and clubs has increased. triple.
QSI President Nasser al-Khelaifi said: “This is another momentous moment for the development of padel as part of the new Premier Padel tour, both in Europe and around the world.”
“Italy is a proud and passionate sporting nation, and Rome provides another fantastic venue for professional players to showcase their talent on the world stage,” he said.
Valentina Vezzali, the Italian undersecretary for sports, said: “Padel has grown a lot in our country in terms of the number of enthusiasts and professionals and the fact that the synergy between FIT, sport and health and the International Federation made it possible to host one of the four stages of the Premier Padel Major in Rome – immediately after the Tennis Internationals – this fills me with satisfaction.
“No sport in Italy has ever been so successful in such a short time as padel: it does not require long technical preparation and is very easy to learn at any age,” she said.
The President of the International Padel Federation, Luigi Carraro, said: “Thanks to the excellent work of sports institutions, clubs and players (amateurs and professionals), our sport has grown enormously in the last five years. – and I’m very happy that we were able to bring a Premier Padel Major to Italy.
“I can confidently say that Roma fans and the millions of spectators around the world will be treated to world-class Premier Padel action at Foro Italico next month,” he said.
FIT President Angelo Binaghi said: “We are delighted to announce this agreement which will see Rome host a Premier Padel Major at one of the most unique locations on the tour, Parco del Foro Italico.”
“This achievement has been made possible thanks to excellent cooperation with the International Padel Federation, Sport e Salute and the Italian government – while showing the commitment of the FIT to rapidly developing padel in all possible ways, both at the level professional than amateur,” he said.
Vito Cozzoli, President and CEO of Sport e Salute, said: “It’s a wonderful time for sport in Italy – which will take place at the magical site of Foro Italico in Rome – and also a wonderful time for padel on the world stage.”
“Italy will host a spectacular tournament in May – for fans, players and everyone connected to padel,” he added.
The PPA Board said: “The players are delighted to bring the fantastic new Premier Padel Tour to Italy, which is one of the most important emerging nations for our sport. We are delighted that our sport is gaining notoriety, prestige and professionalism across Europe and around the world as part of the new Premier Padel Tour.
The Italy Premier Padel Major will air globally on ESPN (South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean), Sky Sports (Italy, UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland), beIN SPORTS (Mena, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, France, Turkey), Viaplay (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the Netherlands) and more.
Further details on the Italy Premier Padel Major will be announced soon.