Premier Padel to host match on board aircraft carrier Giuseppe Garibaldi | Sports


Premier Padel, the world’s leading professional padel tour, this week hosted an exhibition match on board the famous aircraft carrier Giuseppe Garibaldi docked in the port of Genoa, as part of the opening of the Genoa Premier Padel B2 tournament.

The match was held on a fully panoramic padel court from the global company “Major Sat”, which represents a historical precedent on board a ship of this size, which gave the audience a unique experience and an unforgettable atmosphere.

Exceptional performances were made by a selection of padel players, including Arturo Coelho, Agustin Tapia, Federico Chingotto, Alejandro Arroyo, Ari Sanchez, Paula Jose Maria, Claudia Fernandez and Gemma Triay.

The aircraft carrier Giuseppe Garibaldi has a prominent place in the history of the Italian Navy, having been in service for nearly 40 years, sailing on numerous international missions in Somalia, Kosovo, Lebanon and Libya, and recently participating in exercises in the Arctic Circle.

Premier Padel organizes an exhibition match on board the famous aircraft carrier Giuseppe Garibaldi - Al Jazeera
A group of elite padel players, both male and female, presented exceptional displays of skill (Al-Jazeera)

The ceremony was also attended by a number of guests and dignitaries from Europe and the world, including Captain Marco Guerriero, Marco Bucci, Mayor of Genoa, and Admiral Aurelio De Carolis, Commander-in-Chief of the Italian Navy.

The event was also attended by Luigi Carraro, President of the International Padel Federation, Andrea Fossati, President of the Italian Tennis and Padel Federation of the Liguria Region, and David Sugden, CEO of Premier Padel.

Premier Padel, under the chairmanship of Nasser Ghanem Al-Khelaifi, is embarking on a new and promising journey as a unified global tour.

The Qatar Airways Premier Padel Tour includes 25 tournaments in 17 countries, and concludes with the finals of the tour scheduled for next December in Barcelona, ​​Spain.

After this week’s tournament in Genoa, the tour heads to Malaga next week, home to the newest P1 tournament. Premier Padel has announced a number of important partnerships in 2024 with a number of global brands, including Red Bull, Qatar Airways, Wilson, Bull Padel, Playtomic, Majorset and Mondo, contributing to a qualitative shift in the history of the official professional tournament.

Premier Padel, headed by Nasser Ghanem Al-Khelaifi, Chairman of its Board of Directors, sets out towards promising new horizons (Al-Jazeera)

Tour Overview

Premier Padel is the official world tour for professional padel, established by Qatar Sports Investments in collaboration with the International Padel Federation and the Professional Padel Players Association.

Launched in 2022 and supported by the Professional Padel Association, the tour has seen the participation of more than 500 players from around the world, and its tournaments have been held in some of the most important and iconic locations in sporting history, including the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

The Premier Padel competition also attracted more than 110 professional players in March 2023 through the International Padel Players Association.

Premier Padel plans to host up to 25 padel tournaments in 18 countries starting in 2024 (Al Jazeera)

In August 2023, Qatar Sports Investments announced its desire to acquire the World Padel Tour to create a unified world tour for padel professionals called Premier Padel, which will be managed by the International Padel Federation.

Premier Padel plans to host up to 25 padel tournaments in 18 countries starting in 2024, as part of the tour’s ongoing drive to expand the sport into new territories and enhance its presence at all levels.

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