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Credit: BOSS German Padel Open / Sascha Feuster

It's that time again in September: for the second time, the world's best padel players will be competing for the title at the BOSS German Padel Open.

As part of the newly created Premier Padel Tour, which was formed last winter from a merger of the World Padel Tour and Premier Padel, the best padel players in the world can once again be admired in Germany from September 16-22, 2024. As in the previous year, the venue will be the CASTELLO in Düsseldorf.

Dominik Beier, Tournament Director: "The use of synergies is the secret to the success of any global sport. The expansion and growth of the Padel Tour will be further accelerated by joining forces."

Last year, over 10,000 fans flocked to the matches of the BOSS German Padel Open, and on the final weekend the atmosphere in the packed CASTELLO was unbeatable. The next step is now to be taken in 2024 and the bar is to be raised even higher: "The tournament last fall made the growing interest in padel measurable for Germany for the first time. At the same time, this is just the beginning."

Tickets for the second edition of the BOSS German Padel Open will go on sale soon.

Credit: BOSS German Padel Open / Sascha Feuster

The BOSS German Padel Open presented by SIXT reached its climax with the finals on Sunday, October 1. In an electrifying atmosphere on the center court at the CASTELLO in Düsseldorf, the women's and men's finals offered top class padel.

Sánchez/Josemaría complete the dozen

In the all-Spanish women's final, the duo Gemma Triay (world no. 3)/Marta Ortega (6) faced off against the world's undisputed No. 1 team this year: Ariana Sánchez and Paula Josemaría. The match was a rematch of the recent Madrid final. At the Masters final in the Spanish capital, Triay/Ortega lost to their compatriots Sánchez/Josemaría in two sets 3-6 and 6-7 - now they had the chance for revenge just one week later.

After an even start, Sánchez/Josemaría tightened the reins and took the first set 6-3. In the second set, too, it initially looked as if the world No. 1 and No. 2 would bring the match home safely. Triay/Ortega, however, showed comeback qualities and fought their way into the tiebreak. In the tiebreak, however, Sánchez and Josemaría showed nerves of steel - and the final result was 6-3 and 7-6 for the leading female duo of the World Padel Tour (WPT), just like in Madrid. The two Spaniards thus completed the dozen: the triumph in Düsseldorf was already their twelfth WPT tournament victory this year.

The successful duo Sánchez/Josemaría looked correspondingly happy after the match: "We are very happy about the victory here in Düsseldorf. By winning the first WPT tournament on German soil, we were able to write a small piece of padel history, which makes us very proud," said the two beaming with joy. Ariana Sánchez was also voted the tournament's most valuable player in the women's competition.

Galán and Lebrón crown strong tournament performance

The two Spaniards Alejandro Galán (5) and Juan Lebrón (6) entered the grand final in Düsseldorf with the momentum from their semifinal victory against the number 1 duo Arturo Coello/Agustín Tapia. But with Martín Di Nenno (3) and Franco Stupaczuk (4) they had a tough task ahead of them. The two Argentines traveled to Düsseldorf with the recommendation of the Masters tournament victory a week ago in Madrid.

Lebrón and Galán started like fire. Already after 26 minutes, the two led 5/0. Di Nenno and Stupaczuk owned the next two games. But it was no more than a brief revival of the two Argentines. After 38 minutes, Lebrón and Galán closed the bag in the first set - 6-2.

Whoever thought that Galán and Lebrón would now let up was mistaken. The two Spaniards were determined to win and left no doubt about it. After just 1 hour and 12 minutes, the scoreboard at the CASTELLO showed 6-2 and 6-2. An impressive victory for Galán and Lebrón and only their second ever in this year's WPT series. Galán had another reason to be happy, he was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the men's competition at the BOSS German Padel Open.

Galán and Lebrón were also proud after their triumph in Düsseldorf: "Winning the tournament premiere in Germany means a lot to us," the two said at the award ceremony. There will not be a big party. "But after the flight home we will certainly toast the victory again," said the two champions.

Credit: BOSS German Padel Open / Sascha Feuster

For the German padel pros, the first WPT tournament in their home-country was a premiere in two senses. Never before had the local heroes been in the main draw of a competition of the globally highest-ranked padel series. Even though the two men's duos Daniel Lingen/Vincent Jülich and Matthias Wunner/Johannes Lindmeyer as well as the women's team Victoria Kurz/Denise Höfer all lost their matches, the players were able to gain important experience for their future padel careers.

The BOSS German Padel Open presented by SIXT is also of strategic importance for Germany as a padel location. Promoter WWP Group and tournament organizer e|motion firmly expect that the attention-grabbing sporting event in Düsseldorf will further promote the development of the trend sport in this country.

"The BOSS German Padel Open will definitely give Germany an enormous padel boost. With the first WPT tournament on German soil, we were able to bring this incredibly dynamic sport closer to thousands of spectators both on site in Düsseldorf and at home via TV coverage on Sport1. Not to mention the added value that a WPT tournament with global appeal brings to the city of Düsseldorf as host," said Tournament Director Dominik Beier, who particularly emphasized the good mood among the Rhineland audience: "We have all experienced Germany's biggest padel party to date here together. It's great to see that players as well as fans had a lot of fun at the event."

Thousands of spectators and broadcast to 175 countries

The BOSS German Padel Open presented by SIXT spanned a complete tournament week from Sept. 23 to Oct. 1. The tournament was played at the We Are Padel Club in Düsseldorf as well as at the CASTELLO with its 2,500-seat center court. On the final weekend alone, more than 5,000 padel fans flocked to the CASTELLO, and throughout the week up to 10,000 people were on hand for the BOSS German Padel Open matches. The tournament was also broadcast to an audience of millions in 175 countries. In Germany, the matches were shown live and exclusively on Sport1.

"The tournament has made the increasing padel interest measurable for Germany for the first time. At the same time, this is just the beginning. For 2024, our bar will be much higher again. Our goal is to double the number of spectators ", says tournament director Beier.

"We are very proud to have hosted the first and only German stop of the World Padel Tour with the sports city of Düsseldorf. The BOSS German Padel Open impressively underpinned the optimal fit between D.SPORTS and this up-and-coming, young and highly attractive sport, and put an exclamation mark on padel Germany! The CASTELLO has once again proven to be a top location," adds Bastian Becker, Director Sports, D.LIVE.

A push for the long-term goal of world-class padel

In the further development of padel, according to Beier, the sporting professional associations are now in demand, among others. "The basis for strong growth has been laid now at the latest. Now it's a matter of using this springboard. All parties must pull together to develop sensible structures for padel in Germany. In order to significantly increase the number of players in Germany, there must also be nationwide investment in the construction of more courts. Because that is the basis for ensuring that German professionals can also advance to the top of the padel world in the long term."

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