First Paddle: A Major in Italy in May!

Rome premiere will be the scene of the second Major of Paddle Season! The best players in the world will compete in Foro Italico, an icon of Italian sport.

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The International Paddle Federation (FIP), the Italian Tennis Federation (FIT) and Sport e Salute (the sports agency of the Italian government) are proud to announce that Italy will host a First Paddle Major next May. Under a new multi-year agreement. Premier Paddle is the new official global paddle circuit, governed by the International Paddle Federation (FIP) and supported by the Professional Paddle Association (PPA) and Qatar Sports Investments (QSI).

Annual Tier 1 tournament, which will be known as Italy’s first paddle majorwill be on Historic Foro Italico in Rome Of 23 to 29 May 2022, Qualifiers will take place on May 21 and 22, with the main draw starting at the end. The Premier Italian Paddle Major thus complements the list of four Majors of the new Premier Paddle World Circuit announced in 2022: in Italy, France, Mexico and Qatar. Italy’s Premier Paddle Major will award players 2000 ranking points, plus a prize money record, like all “big companies“Of the new Premier Paddle Tour.

The video of the announcement of Italy’s first paddle major is available by clicking here.

Qatar, Italy, France and Mexico

Italy’s first paddle major In addition to the two other Category 1 tournaments announced earlier, scheduled for May: First Paddle Major in Paris at Roland Garros Stadiumfrom July 11 to 17, and Mexico’s first paddle major From November 28 to December 4 at Club Sonoma in Monterrey, Mexico. A first Division 2 tournament has also been announced in recent weeks: it is Argentina’s Premier Paddle, which will take place from 8 to 14 August. Other announcements will be made very soon.

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The agreement demonstrates Fit and Sport e Salute’s vision for pedaling in Italy, a country that is becoming one of the largest markets for the sport. According to data from the National Paddle Observatory, amateur paddlers in Italy have increased fivefold in terms of the number of paddle tracks since the start of 2020, while the number of schools and paddle clubs has tripled.

For Nasser Al-Khelafi, President of Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) ,This marks a new capital moment for the development of the pedals as part of the launch of the premier paddle circuit in Europe and around the world. Italy is a proud and vibrant sporting nation, and Rome provides a great venue for professional players to showcase their talents at the international level. ,

Valentina Vezzali, Under Secretary for Sport of the Italian GovernmentMeanwhile said: “Over the past two years, the sport has shown great resilience and achieved many successes, of which Italy is very proud. Paddle has developed a lot in our country in terms of the number of amateur and professional players. Furthermore, the fact that a collaboration between FIT, Sport and Health and the International Federation made it possible to host one of the four stages of the first Paddle Major in Rome – immediately following the Tennis International – makes me particularly happy. Is. This is an anointing not only for the Federation, but also for Italian sport, as it reaffirms that sporting activity is popular and should be accessible to all. The reference to Foro Italico in Rome will make this tournament unique and I am sure it will be a great sporting moment. No sport in Italy has been as successful as paddle in such a short period of time: it does not require long technical preparation and is very easy to learn at any age. It reaffirms that sport should be accessible to all and should be practiced everywhere.”

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“Great to paddle in Italy”

Luigi Carraro, President of the International Paddle Federation, Surely this news is welcome. : “It is an incredibly exciting and particularly special moment to paddle in Italy. Thanks to the excellent work of the Italian Tennis Federation and Sport e Salute, our sport has developed tremendously over the past five years and I am very happy “We have been able to bring a Premier Paddle Major to Italy. I can say with certainty that Roma fans and millions of viewers around the world will experience the best of the Premier Paddle next month at Foro Italico.”

same story in favor ofItalian Tennis Federation (FIT) President Angelo Binaghi : “We are pleased to announce this agreement, which will see Rome hosting the Premier Paddle Major at Foro Italico Park, one of the circuit’s most extraordinary venues. This has been possible thanks to an excellent collaboration with the government – while FIT’s commitment is shown to rapidly develop the paddle in all possible ways at the professional level. The hobbyist. FIT’s mission to organize this world-class tournament Italy’s Premier Paddle Major has added to FIT’s incredible portfolio which includes the International BNL d’Italia, Nieto ATP Finals, Intesa Sanpaolo NextGen ATP Finals and Davis Cup by Rakuten.

Vito Cozzoli, President and General Manager of Sport e Salute, said about him : “It’s a great moment for sport in Italy – which will take place in the magical site of Foro Italico in Rome – and one for paddlers on the world stage. Italy will host this spectacular tournament in May – joined by supporters, players and paddlers For everyone, we will make this a very special occasion and we are proud to be associated with Premier Peddle under the rule of the International Federation of Pedals.”

Board of Directors of the Professional Pedal Association (PPA) seems very satisfied too : “Players are delighted to bring the spectacular Premier Paddle Circuit to Italy, one of the most important emerging countries for our sport. We know that with the well-being of players in mind, the facilities and professional organization have been raised to standards of excellence. We are proud that our sport is gaining visibility, reputation and professionalism thanks to the new premier paddle circuits in Europe and around the world.

,Italy’s first paddle majorwill be broadcast worldwide on channels likeESPN (South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean), sky game (Italy, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland), be in sports (MENA, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, France, Turkey), Viaplay (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the Netherlands), charlton tv (Israel) and many more.

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More details about Italy’s premier paddle major will be revealed soon.

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