Tentative plans in place for the return of the World Padel Tour

Navarro, González, Moreno and Ruiz in Mijas in 2018.
Navarro, González, Moreno and Ruiz in Mijas in 2018. / ÑITO SALAS
  • Dates for the tour's resumption have not yet been announced but two special behind-closed-doors tournaments have been organised in Madrid. The first starts this Sunday

The World Padel Tour has announced that action will resume with two special behind closed doors tournaments at the Madrid Arena. The first, under the name Estrella Damm Open, will be held from this Sunday, 28 June, to Sunday 5 July, and the second, which will be called the Ayuntamiento de Madrid Open, will run from 12 to 19 July.

This is good news especially for Spanish players or those who live in Spain as it will give them an edge in their preparations for when the official season calendar restarts for the first time since the Marbella Masters.

Although that final schedule remains unclear, players now have something to aim and train for after a stoppage of 114 days.

Many of the most outstanding players on the world ranking are expected to be present at the Madrid Arena, where five courts will host all rounds from the qualifying stages to the final.

Many players from the Costa del Sol have confirmed their participation, two of whom who won't have to travel: Carolina Navarro (partnered with Ceci Reiter) and Alex Ruiz (with Martin Sanchez Piñeiro), both residents of the capital city. The latter, however, did spent lockdown in his native Alhaurin de la Torre.

Bea González (her partner is number one Marta Ortega), Mari Carmen Villalba (with Verónica Virseda), Momo González (with Adrián Allemandi) and Ernesto Moreno will all have to travel to Madrid.

Moreno, from Torremolinos, will return to action with partner, José Rico after having to bow out of the Marbella Master with a bout of tachycardia. In the end, he had an operation at the end of April to solve his cardiac arrhythmias.