For the next few days, Mijas will be the centre of the padel world as the town hosts the Cerveza Victoria Mijas-Costa del Sol Open, part of the World Padel Tour.
Until Sunday, some of the biggest names in the sport will be facing off in the specially-constructed arena, with spectacular views of the sea and the mountains, on Virgen de la Peña in Mijas Pueblo, next to the viewpoint.
The tournament’s official presentation took place on Tuesday, headed by the town’s mayor Juan Carlos Maldonado, who said:“This demonstrates that Mijas is an outward looking town and one that has a lot of opportunities on offer.”
He was joined by the event’s organisers, as well as players Álex Ruiz, Seba Nerone, Cecilia Reiter and Carolia Navarro.
Navarro, the greatest player in the history of the sport, is from Malaga so has “double motivation” to do well.
“The people here encourage you and support you, and I think in the end that will help us,” she said, alongside partner Cecilia Reiter.
“The women’s side of the tour right now is very even. I know it will be difficult but I think we can win.”
When asked about the arena, she added: “I could never have imagined that an arena with stands this size could have fit here. When Ifirst arrived, I thought the views were amazing, probably one of the best arenas I’ve seen in a long time.”
Tickets are almost sold out, but can still be purchased from ticketea.com. Day tickets can be purchased for as little as four euros.
Huge crowds are expected, especially over the weekend, and 50 temporary job posts have been created as a result. These include for the provision of two buses which have been put on to ferry spectators from the designated parking area to the arena.
The matches run from 10am until 8.30pm, with the semifinals pencilled in for Saturday morning and the grand finals, men’s and women’s, taking part on Sunday from 7pm.