Mauricio Muñoz on the chaos ahead of the 12th World Open Padel Championships in Malaga

Comment from Mauricio Muñoz on the turmoil leading up to the World Open Padel Championships in Malaga:

"I would like to have the difficult moment, the most sociable and entertaining sport, Padel, just experienced, into words.

At the outset, I would like to state that it is intolerable and terrible that the most important competition for international players, especially outside Spain, is cancelled in this way.

I am convinced that the International Padel Federation is doing an impeccable job to unite padel worldwide and to promote padel internationally. I hear that players from Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Holland (who actually wanted to participate in the tournament) say that they don't understand how this can happen and that there is no logical explanation.

Once again, the growth of sport is being permanently and irreparably damaged:
There is the one side, which from my point of view is the most important, that the people in charge cannot agree with the professional players with regard to participation in this international competition.

On the other hand, they also have to understand that a German, Swiss, Dutch or Belgian player had to apply for leave from their jobs in order to be able to live their big dream of participating in this competition, and they also invest money in order to be able to take part.

I wish that those in charge of the sport, be it players, federations, brands or companies representing the sport, would look beyond the financial interests and that, together with the FIP, synergies could be created to unite padel and respect the strength and passion that everyone puts into the sport.

I continue to dream that padel will be played all over the world, and one day even become an Olympic discipline. I hope that those responsible for the cancellation of the tournament will wake up from the nightmare we had to experience today and try to repair the irreparable damage of this decision!

Translated from the Spanish by padel enthusiast Anita Rösler, Berlin - many thanks from the padel test reaction!!!

In the (Spanish) original:

"Me gustaria expresar en estos momentos dificiles sobre el deporte mas social y divertido del mundo, el Padel.

Para empezar a creernos en la internacionalizacion del Padel es intorable y de mal gusto que la competicion mas importante para muchos jugadores internacionales, especialmente fuera de España, se suspenda o se cancele de estas maneras.

Estoy convencido que la Federacion Internacional de Padel Esta haciendo una labor impecable a la hora de unir el Padel mundial para que esto de la internacionalizacion sea una realidad.

Escuchar a los jugadores que supuestamente iban a competir de paises como Belgica, Alemania, Suecia, Holanda, y decir que no entienden como puede suceder esto con el Padel, no encuentran explicacion logica a todo este episodio, donde una vez mas se daña de una manera irreparable el crecimiento y la internacionalizacion del Padel.

Hay una parte y creo que para mi la mas importante, que los responsables de no llegar a un acuerdo con los jugadores profesionales en la participacion del Campeonato del Mundo, tienen que entender que un jugador Aleman, Sueco, Belga, Holandes y de otros paises, han tenido que pedir dias de sus vacaciones en sus respectivos trabajos para poder estar presentes con su mayor ilusion en un Campeonato del mundo, y que todos ellos ponen dinero de su bolsillo para poder participar con la mayor ilusion, jamas imaginada en una competicion de este calibre.

Solo me gustaria que muchos responsables de este deporte, ya sean jugadores, federaciones, Marcas y Empresas relacionadas al Padel, que por favor miren mas alla de sus intereses economicos y que de una vez junto a la Federacion Internacional de Padel, juntemos todas esas sinergias para un Padel unificado, para un Padel Limpio, para un Padel con el desarrollo correcto en todos los aspectos sean deportivos o federativos, y que de una vez por todas nos respetemos Unos a los otros por tanto esfuerzo y cariño que todos en algun momento le dedicamos a este gran Deporte.

Sin mas que decir, solo seguire soñando con que el Padel llegue a jugarse en todo el Mundo y algun dia pueda ser deporte Olimpico, espero que este sueño los responsables de la suspension de Esta competicion despierten de la pesadilla que hoy nos toca vivir y reparen el daño irreparable de Esta decision.

saludo a todos"

Mauricio Muñoz

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