“We all have to work for the sport”

Since the beginning of the week, the second edition of theAPT Padel Tour Hublot Monaco Master

This is an opportunity for Padel Magazine to talk Fabrice Pastor, president of the APT Padel Tour. Many topics were discussed, such as the current tournament, but also the calendar for this season or the president’s opinion on what is currently happening on the padel planet.

“Objective one tournament per year in Monaco”

When you see the framework in which this competition is played, it is clear that the question we are all asking is: why not host a tournament in Monaco every year?

Fabrice Pastor answer : “ Yes, no doubt we signed with the SBM for three years, it is true that it is difficult for the public because it is a small size, but I believe that with this picture it is difficult to change place

The main goal of this event is of course to make padel as visible as possible”.

Other prestigious destinations are also validated in the circuit’s calendar, such as Cape Town, Seville, Budapest or even Mexico City.

“We want the venues and promoters chosen for the tournaments to be unique in the world because we are on a long highway that I don’t see stopping.”

“Television is a game changer”

“The ambition would be to broadcast matches so that they can be seen by thousands of people around the world and today this is possible thanks to our APT Padel Tour channel on YouTube. Television, of course, changes a lot. We’ve seen it in South America. It was a big success! In fact, I believe we had the best rating in the world of padel until today. To tell you the truth, we had to stop the rebroadcast at 10pm because immediately afterwards there was a rugby match “Pumas” which is relatively important for the Argentine people and which was not broadcast. The station let us broadcast until the end of the match.

And especially the fact that you signed with a chain in South America is something fundamental for countries like Brazil. Currently there are other channels that are increasingly interested in the APT Padel Tour in Europe but for now we will continue streaming

“We all have to work for the sport”

In the past three months, professional padel has gone through a complete revolution and many rumors seem to have spread since a possible merger between the APT Padel Tour and the International Padel Federation.

Two weeks ago padel magazine asked the same question Luigi Carraro (FIP Chair) in Doha on this possible association. This time it’s the turn Fabrice Pastor to inform us about this topic.

“I don’t know because it’s… Thomas (Johnson) that makes it, very honestly I think we should all work for the sport, if it’s possible to move forward together, but I believe it’s important to integrate everyone. I know that Thomas had a phone call with Qatar, I didn’t want to ask any questions because I’m on my track. If the decisions are real, why don’t you talk about them.

“It is up to the FIP to do its job”

“What you shouldn’t do is announce things that won’t be done. Premier padel had announced 10 tournaments for 500,000 euros, for now there are only three I believe (Editor’s Note: Three Premier Padel dates have been announced at this time, in addition to the tournament that took place in Doha† I think the turnaround has been good because the players have accomplished many things, but the players’ associations shouldn’t be there to impose rules. Miguel Semmler had to sign with us. He got a call and at the last minute he didn’t connect. I don’t think it’s a call from the WPT.

At the APT, we are a circuit that has announced dates and price increases, and we have all achieved this. We keep working for the players developing junior tournaments, ladies etc and they don’t want to work with us. Personally, I think that an International Federation should take care of all players in the sport, it’s up to them to do the job. In this case, we do ours.”

“An intelligent merger or union why not”

It is said that stages of the APT like other circuits can be taken over by Premier Padel. A merger would take place around the Qatar circuit.

A merger or an intelligent union why not, we are already doing it with the European Padel Federation (FEPA)† You won’t find anyone who will say I turned down a sports deal. I am open to any possibility, but obviously in a coherent logic for padel.

“A fantastic calendar”

“Budapest, last year was a “Future”. It was a success. We therefore logically decided to organize an Open with them in this beautiful city of Hungary. So we are opening up to Eastern Europe, which is very important to us.

This year the calendar is fantastic. Next week we will announce where the Italian tournament will be played. We also have Portugal, Madrid, a very important step ahead of us because that’s where the Tennis Master 1000 will be played, on the “Caja Magica”

In June we will communicate about the Master Finale and the place where it will take place. At the moment there are two cities from two different continents fighting for it, but I can’t say more about it at the moment. On the other hand, what I can reveal to you is that for this season I am working on two additional leagues in the European and American continents. One would be an Open and the other most likely a MastersThe ideal for me this year would be to make it to 17 tournaments plus the Master Final

Juan Tello and Paquito Navarro at APT Tournaments?

We spoke to Juan Tello to come and play a few tournaments in Europe, and to Paquito Navarro with whom I have excellent relations for a match in Sweden.

We don’t know about these discussions between the players and the APT Padel Tour circuit at this point, but it would be crazy to see these two monsters play tournaments on this beautiful circuit.

Watch the full interview now in the video below.

Sebastien Carrasco

Fan of padel and of Spanish descent, padel runs through my veins. Very happy to share my passion with you through the world reference for padel: Padel Magazine.