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New Covid-19 outbreaks mean World Padel Tour won't be coming to Malaga this year

New Covid-19 outbreaks mean World Padel Tour won't be coming to Malaga this year
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  • Organisers have rejected proposals to host the Open with a reduced crowd, replacing it with a behind-closed-doors event in Madrid

The wait will have to go on for Malaga. After five years, the World Padel Tour was due to return to the Martín Carpena arena this summer for the Cervezas Victoria Open from 3 to 9 August. However, this event, as well as the majority of the tour calendar has been halted due to the pandemic.

Despite this, the WPT's organisers, the local city hall and the Junta de Andalucía continued negotiating until the last minute in a bid for the event to still go ahead. However, after weeks of conversations, an agreement hasn't been reached. The WPT has rejected the proposal for the Open to be played in Malaga with a reduced capacity of up to 800 people, in accordance with the health protocols, citing "the alarm produced in Malaga by the appearance of a high number of new infections in the city and across Andalucía". Instead, Malaga has been pencilled in on the calendar for August 2021.

The Cervezas Victoria Open has been replaced on this year's calendar by the Adeslas Open, which will be held at the Madrid Arena from 2 to 9 August. It will be the third behind-closed-doors tournament in the capital since the padel restarted and around a dozen players from Malaga province are expected to take part.