PADEL COMPETITIONS 2020 – Announcement

Dear padel players, coaches, venues, parents and fans!

For those of you that haven’t seen the latest LTA update, I have adapted it as below for the purposes of our padel competitions:

As you will have seen, the current situation with regards to sport and what activity is permitted has not changed, although, based on recent conversations with Government, we hope restrictions might be further eased in the coming weeks.

In conjunction with Tennis Scotland and Tennis Wales, we have however made the decision to not run LTA staged and LTA approved competitions up to Monday 31st August, this includes all LTA Padel Tour events (Grade 1 to 3).  We will be reviewing options for the National Padel League to determine whether this can continue as scheduled later in the year.

 This decision has been made for the following reasons:

We wanted to provide our Organisers, Officials, Venues and Players with as much certainty as possible during this challenging period.

LTA Padel Tour competitions require a number of weeks of planning, particularly so players have sufficient time to make arrangements and sign-up to each event.

Travel implications affecting certain areas and players around the country.

The likelihood of following strict social distancing guidelines, and the current situation makes planning events very difficult at this time.

However, this extended cancellation of LTA staged and LTA approved competitions does not mean that you will not be able to stage any activity when you had planned to do so. Subject to future Government guidelines, we hope there will be the opportunity for organisers and venues to run some form of competition activity during the summer season.  Players will still be very keen to compete, and we are hopeful that small draws (e.g. 8 or 12 players) may be possible from late July.

We therefore ask that if you were due to run weekend Grade 3 competitions that you hold onto the court time for now and consider running as many one-day events such as Matchplays, for as many age groups, as possible.

 

Return to competition – draft roadmap

  1. Middle of July – We plan to provide a further update to you all once the Government has provided further information on how and when sports can return to competition.
  2. Late July onwards (provisional) – We hope to see the return of ungraded padel competitions, local friendly matches between venues, one day/half day events etc and want to encourage this activity where it is possible.
  3. September onwards – we currently continue to plan for the winter season to take place as normal

Our aim is for all competition activity to return as soon as possible, in a way that is safe and appropriate for both players and officials, based on Government restrictions and advice at any given time.  We understand that once competition does return it is likely to be different and we have already prepared some guidelines to support you.  We have also scheduled a zoom call for organisers & officials on Tuesday 7th July at 10am to answer any questions you may have – sign up here.

Tennis Wales and Tennis Scotland will also follow up in due course on the local impact of this announcement.

In summary, we are cancelling all Grade 1 to 3 padel competitions until the end of August, however we support the delivery of small one-day ungraded padel events, subject to government guidelines, as a substitute for the loss of this activity.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thanks again for your support and understanding at this difficult time.

 

Kind regards,

Tom Murray

LTA Head of Padel