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The World Padel Tour returns with a Costa double header

The Mijas tournament was among the most popular last year.
The Mijas tournament was among the most popular last year. / I.G.
  • The Costa del Sol will have a big role to play with the Marbella Masters opening the calendar and the Mijas Open returning in August

The international World Padel Tour (WPT) announced its official calendar for 2019 on Monday with both Marbella and Mijas set to host events.

In the case of the former, the tournament will be in Masters format and kicks off the new season, taking place from 19 to 24 March. In the second week of August, it will be the turn of Mijas to host the tour for the third successive year. The last two years saw enormous turnouts, the largest on the tour all year, meaning the town is slowly becoming a mainstay on the WPT.

A more international tour

One of the biggest innovations to the tour this year is its broad range of destinations. Mexico, the UK and Brazil will play host to tournaments for the first time - further proof that the sport is expanding across the globe.

Consolidated destinations remain on the tour, such as the Buenos Aires Padel Master, which has moved from November to 4 to 9 June; the Swedish Open, which will remain in Bastad (25 to 30 June); and the Portugal Padel Masters from 17 to 22 September.

The first of the big new internation dates will be in London, when a Masters event touches down from 15 to 20 October.

The stunning facilities will be located in the heart of Fulham, at the London Padel Centre in Bishop's Park, which will include a centre court with a capacity for 1,500 spectators and a second court.

The final part of the season takes in unchartered territory for the sport. From 19 to 24 November will be the Sao Paulo Open 2019 and almost straight afterwards will be the Mexico Open in Mexico City (26 November to 1 December).

In Spain, the main new is that the Valladolid tournament has become a Masters event, while Vigo has replaced Lugo in Galicia. In Andalucía, events will take place again in Jaén and Granada, but not in Seville.