As the largest professional Padel event in Australia and the first of its kind, international players will travel to compete.
The first Australian Padel Open finals will be held during the Australian Open’s Finals Festival in January 2023, as Tennis Australia demonstrates its commitment to the sport’s growth across the country. As the largest professional Padel event in Australia and the first of its kind, international players will travel to compete against a growing number of talented Australians for a share of a USD 20,000 prize pool. “The team at Tennis Australia are committed to the growth of grassroots tennis and that extends to complementary formats such as Padel,” said Tennis Australia’s Chief Tennis Officer Tom Larner.
“It’s fantastic to be hosting the Australian Padel Open finals on the purpose-built Padel court at Melbourne Park in January. Worldwide, Padel is enjoyed across more than 90 countries and by more than 20 million players and whilst the sport’s introduction to Australia is only relatively new, there’s already significant uptake in its popularity.”
“The viability and expansion of Padel in Australia is exciting new territory and we’ve been working closely with the sport’s governing bodies for a number of years to ensure its growth in Australia. It’s an exciting and social sport that offers both recreational and professional playing opportunities and is a perfect fit for Aussies who love their sport. Currently, there are only six Padel venues across the country with two venues in Sydney and Perth and one in Melbourne and on the Gold Coast. With an estimated 2000 regular players and a strong indication for continued growth, the current positive momentum of the sport means there is increased demand for venues and professional playing opportunities within Australia,” added Larner.
The Australian Padel Open will begin with two days of qualifying rounds, followed by a four-day men’s and women’s draw of 32 players. The qualifying and opening rounds will take place at One Padel in Docklands on Thursday, January 24, with the semifinals and finals taking place at Melbourne Park on Friday, January 27. The Australian Padel Open is supported by the Australian Padel Federation and serves as the first stop on the Australian Padel Tour in 2023. Australian Padel ranking points are awarded to players who compete in the Australian Padel Open and the Australian Padel Tour.