PADEL COMPETITIONS 2020 – Announcement

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

Last updated: August 17th, 2020.

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 is under constant review, and based on recent conversations with Government we can now begin to ease restrictions relating to competitions.

Although certain tennis competitions will be kicking off in September, we have made the decision to not run LTA Padel approved competitions up until the end of September, this includes all LTA Padel Tour events (Grade 1 to 3). In addition, the Division 1 National Finals at the National Tennis Centre has been rearranged on Saturday 31st October & Sunday 1st November. We will communicate directly with those teams involved nearer the time.

We will continue to review this carefully and any further decisions will be made following the latest government guidelines at that time.

 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 venues will not be able to stage any activity. 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 continued summer season.  Players will still be very keen to compete, and we encourage small draw entries (e.g. 8 or 12 players).

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. For those venues that are scheduled to run graded events from October onwards, please complete a revised tournament factsheet and send by email to Sam Kemp by September 5th (sam.kemp@lta.org.uk

 

Return to competition – draft roadmap

  1. August / September – 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.
  2. October onwards – We currently continue to plan for the winter season to take place as normal.
  3. Oct 31st / Nov 1st – Division 1 National Finals at the National Tennis Centre.

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.

Note. different guidelines may apply in England, Scotland, and Wales. See full LTA guidelines here.

In summary, we are cancelling all Grade 1 to 3 padel competitions until the end of September, 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 the LTA Services Team (padel@lta.org.uk).

Thanks again for your support and understanding at this difficult time.

 

Kind regards,

Tom Murray

LTA Head of Padel