World Padel Tour: Cagliari is the first host city of the Sardegna Open 2020
Sardinia has become the capital of Padel and is getting ready to receive athletes participating at the World Padel Tour in Cagliari from the 6th to the 13th of September 2020.
After the Luna Rossa Cagliari, the city will host another great event: The World Padel Tour will be part of Italian history for the very first time.
Players from all over the world will play against each other in Cagliari from the 6th to the 13th of September 2020 to win the Padel Champions League, involving thousands of enthusiasts in various locations including Spain, Argentina, Mexico, England, Brazil, France, Belgium, Sweden and now also in Italy.
There are various theories about the origin of Padel, also known as Paddle, or Tennis Padel, or even Tennis Paddle. All stories have one thing in common: the lack of space.
The first story is about the crew members of the British navy who invented it as a pass time on board of ships while crossing seas at the end of the 19th century. The sailors would use the walls of the holds for the game and would throw a ball using a paddle.
Another version says Padel was invented by American reverend Frank Beal at the end of the 19th century as a recreative activity and was played mostly by children. Named after the flat, solid racket used during the game: paddle racquet.
According to a third story, the game comes from Platform Tennis was invented in the 1920s by Fessenden Blanch and James Cogswell in New York. The tow came up with the game so they could play tennis also during the winter. They set up a small tennis court in their garden with a lifted floor so they could install a heating system underneath and avoid snow from accumulating on it. They also installed a net around the court to prevent the ball from going off the court.
The fourth and last theory about the invention of Padel is the most famous one. In 1969, Mexican Enrique Corcuera decided to build a tennis court at his home in Acapulco. The lack of space made him use the walls of his own house as an integrated part of the court. Corcuera was inspired by the rules of tennis and decided to name the game Padel. Later a Spanish businessman named Alfonso Hohenloe was a guest at Corcuera’s house and once he discovered the game, he decided to build one in his Marabella sports club in Andalusia. After a few years, the sport spread all over the world and was very popular in Argentina, wherein 1993 there were already 35.000 courts and 4.500.000 players.
World Padel Tour: characteristics and rules of Padel
Paddle tennis is a sport discipline in which you use a racket and a ball. It’s played on a rectangular court of 10 meters by 20, a net in the middle, and four walls surrounding the area.
It’s played by men and women of all ages, it’s a dynamic, simple a fun activity and helps one stay in shape with a positive influence on psychophysical health.
It is played in doubles and the calculation of the score is equal to that of tennis (points, game, and set, tie breaks, and advantages).
The main rules are few but all-important:
- The walls delimiting the backdrop are part of the playing area. Meaning that if the ball bounces on the walls it can be repelled with the racket, and the game continues.
- The service is performed diagonally, from bottom to top, and the ball must bounce on the floor before being hit.
- The bars alternate starting from the right-back of the field towards the right bar area of the receiver and then from the left-back.
- The ball cannot touch the walls that are in the opponent field, neither the metal mesh nor can bounce twice on the floor.
- Except when answering the service, players can repel the ball of volèe. Also, they can hit the walls of their playing area with the ball to make it pass over the net in the direction of the opposing field.
- The ball, as in tennis, must be hit before it hits the ground for the second time.
- A point is earned every time the ball touches the opponent’s wall field, the metallic jersey, and bounces twice on the floor or when pushed by a player, bounces on the opponent’s field, exceeds the limits of the playing area, and hits a foreign object or bounces twice on the opposing field.
- A player can hit the ball and bounce it over the middle of the opposing field so that, after the bounce, the ball comes out of the court fence. Players can also exit the field and hit the ball as long as the ball is not bounced to the ground for the second time.
- A player can bounce the ball off any wall (bottom and side) of the playing area and make sure that it goes over the net in the direction of the opposing field. The ball bouncing in the corner with one of the walls of the U and the floor is considered a good ball.
World Padel Tour: international Padel stars will challenge one another in Cagliari
Cagliari is the only Italian city hosting the World Padel Tour, the event is organized by NSA Group under the patronage of Regione Autonoma della Sardegna and the municipality of Cagliari.
The city of the sun will host all matches from the pre-qualifications to the Open final, and the entire tournament will be played in two locations, full of history and tradition: the Cagliari Tennis Club and the Bastion of Saint Remy.
The Tennis Club has five different courts and will host most of the duels and the final stages, meanwhile, in the Bastion of Saint Remy, a symbolic place that connects some of the historic districts of Cagliari, a spectacular court will be installed with a breath-taking view of Casteddu which was proclaimed European Sport City in 2017.
The rich calendar of events belonging to the Padel Tour includes:
- 28 pairs (male and female) of which the top 22 of the world ranking, two wild cards, and four from the “Previa” phase.
- the mainboard will have direct access to the top 22 pairs of the WPT ranking plus two wild cards.
- During the “Previa” phase, 16 pairs will be able to enter directly from the WPT ranking (8 pairs for the female circuit) and eight pairs from the “Pre-previa” phase. In this phase will be identified four pairs that will be subsequently inserted in the mainboard.
- At the stage of “Pre-previa” will be able to access the next pairs coming from the WPT ranking and four wild cards (3 for the female circuit) chosen in collaboration with the FIT.
To always be updated on events and results of the World Padel Tour we advise you to visit the website www.italianopenwpt.com.