LTA PADEL TOUR AND LTA PADEL RANKING SYSTEM

As a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the measures taken by the UK government to control the outbreak, the LTA suspended all activity including the LTA Padel Tour on 16th March 2020.

Following the LTA’s recent announcement, all graded padel competitions prior to 30th September 2020 have been cancelled, which include the following events:

 

  • LTA Padel Tour:
    • Grade 2 (Middlesbrough Padel Club): March 27-29, 2020
    • Grade 1 (Stratford Padel Club): April 3-5,2020
    • Grade 1 (National Tennis Centre): May 1-3, 2020
    • Grade 2 (Guernsey Padel Club): May 22-24, 2020
    • Grade 3 (Maldon Padel Club): June 26-28, 2020
    • Grade 3 (Hyde & Regents Park): July 3-5, 2020
    • Grade 3 (Middlesbrough Padel Club): July 10-12, 2020
    • Grade 3 (Stoke Park): July 24-26, 2020
    • Grade 2 (Thistle Padel Club): July 31-August 2, 2020
    • Grade 2 (Prested Hall): August 14-16, 2020
    • Grade 3 (Huddersfield LTC): August 21-23, 2020
    • Grade 3 (Maldon Padel Club): August 28-30, 2020

 

  • GB Seniors Padel Tour:
    • GB Seniors (Middlesbrough Padel Club): April 17-19, 2020
    • GB Seniors (Guernsey Padel Club): May 24-25, 2020
    • GB Seniors (Bishops Park): June 19-21, 2020
    • GB Seniors (Maldon Padel Club): July 17-19, 2020
    • GB Seniors (Stoke Park): August 7-9, 2020
    • GB Seniors (West of Scotland Padel): September 11-13, 2020

 

  • International events:
    • FIP Rise – National Tennis Centre: 5 – 7 June 2020

The LTA will continue to review this carefully and any further decisions will be made following all government guidelines. The latest LTA position in relation to Coronavirus will be available online here.

 

How will the ranking system be affected?

LTA Padel Rankings were updated after the first event of the year on the 16 March 2020. Subsequent ranking runs have been suspended until further notice. As padel activity has been suspended, the Rankings Run of Monday 16thMarch will be used when competition resumes.

The rankings system is based on a 52-week calculation however due to the period of inactivity the LTA Competitions Team will be modifying the LTA Competition Regulations to amend this rule. Once the period of suspension is lifted, the ranking run dates will be modified to include competitions from 16 March 2019 to prevent the period of inactivity having a material effect on players rankings.

 

How will the tournament seedings be decided when competition is resumed?

Once resumed, the first tournament seedings will be taken based on the latest ranking (16th March 2020).

 

Will the LTA be looking to amend the rankings calculation?

Once the period of suspension is lifted, the rankings run dates will be modified to include competitions from 16thMarch 2019 to prevent the period of inactivity having a material effect on players rankings.

Exact details are yet to be defined however the LTA are working with its international counterparts to ensure all ranking systems are aligned for both tennis and padel.

 

Article by

Javier Serrats

Competition Consultant