The arrival of the Premier Padel circuit has been a revolution for this sport. The situation of tension between the World Padel Tour, the soccer players themselves, and the International Paddle Federation has reached the ears of all fans and one of the reasons is the dizzying figures of money that are beginning to be handled for participation in the different tournaments.
In Doha, €525,000 was distributed, an absolute record in the world of paddle tennis. For its part, World Padel Tour has made recent changes in its distribution of prizes. On the other hand, APT Padel Tour also announced an increase in the amount of money distributed. They all have their differences, both in numbers and distribution, and here we will analyze what they are.
How much money is distributed in the main paddle tennis circuits?
Premier Padel: record figures, but at the moment only male
The economic reward of the Qatar Major 2022 has given much to talk about. The €525,000 have resounded in the ears of all those interested in the world of paddle tennis. This is an unprecedented amount and it is because the QSI group, together with the FIP and the Players Association have decided to bet heavily on this sport.
The exponential growth of paddle tennis has caught the attention of investors, who have jumped at this market opportunity, but to face what was already there, a greater incentive must be given. In this sense, Premier Padel has arrived with huge amounts of money, which is always good news for the professionalization of players.
€47,250 went to Martín Di Nenno and Paquito Navarro, winners of the first tournament held on this new circuit. The finalists, Juan Lebrón and Alejandro Galán, who received €23,625 each, did not fall short either. What seemed unthinkable in the past is now a reality.
The problem with all this? The female category. At the moment there have only been male competition on this circuit and it is because, at a time when society seeks equality, the participation of male players and not female players is a fact that attracts a lot of attention. In addition, paddle tennis is a sport that has always been characterized by being quite egalitarian in this sense, especially when compared to others.
World Padel Tour: growth and equality, but far from Premier Padel
The big news in terms of prizes in the most popular circuit was the equal economic distribution between the male and female categories. Last March, World Padel Tour announced the decision to increase the amount received by the players in their tournaments to match in this way what the players receive. This, however small it may seem, represents a great change for the interests of paddle tennis in terms of equality, since it is the first time that it has happened in a circuit of this category.
In addition, World Padel Tour has increased the amount of money distributed in recent years. Currently, for winning the Final Master, the winners would receive €17,713 per head. Money is very good if you look back and think about how things were a few seasons ago, but seeing what Paquito Navarro and Martín Di Nenno have won in Doha, it seems to be a bit short. Even with all that they have grown as an organization, World Padel Tour is far from Premier Padel in terms of economic amounts.
The difference becomes even greater when we talk about other types of tournaments. Since the winners of an Open get €9,807 and a Master, €11,271. So, the only advantage they have over their competition is the equality that was mentioned at the beginning.
APT: good amounts, but a lot of inequality
The circuit that seems to have been relegated after the arrival of Premier Padel is APT Padel Tour. Despite this and having lived in the shadows with the World Padel Tour these years. The amounts handled are not negligible at all, in fact, they are very similar to those of the latter. From the organization, they announced in the summer that the prizes for the 2022 season would increase by 300% compared to the last one.
In the Open category tournaments, the total money to be distributed is €90,000. Very close to €98,076 for the World Padel Tour. As for the Masters, both circuits are around €110,000.
However, when you look at the female side, you see huge differences. €18,000 goes to the winning male pair of an Open, for the €3,300 that the female takes. In the Grand Master category, each player who wins the tournament wins €11,500, while the girls receive €2,500.