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The World Padel Tour makes its return to La Cala de Mijas

Ernesto Moreno in action in Mijas on Wednesday.
Ernesto Moreno in action in Mijas on Wednesday. / 2msports
  • Some 2,500 daily spectators are expected at the fairground for this mid-season meet of the world's top players which concludes on Sunday

It may only have been going for three years but the Mijas Open has already become one of the highlights of the World Padel Tour. Until Sunday, the fairground in La Cala de Mijas plays host to the world's top padel players as the tour reaches its halfway point following a mini summer break.

The action got under way last Sunday with the qualifying rounds for the tournament proper, which started on Wednesday.

The heat has proven difficult for the players this week with temperatures on centre court exceeding 40 degrees Celsius at times but by Thursday only two local players had fallen victim to the elements and their opponents: Bea and Jerónimo González.

Malaga pair Ernesto Moreno and Álex Ruiz made it through their clash with Luciano Capra and Cristian Gutiérrez to make it to the quarter-finals.

The quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals are to be played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

The Mijas Open is fast becoming a mainstay on this tour for the best padel players in the world with figures from last year showing that 2,500 spectators daily attended matches last time out, bringing a welcome boost to local hotels and businesses.