Winners are pictured with Sheikh Saeed and other dignitaries at the awards ceremony.
Sheikh Saeed Bin Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Padel Association, presented the trophies to the winners of the Modon Abu Dhabi Padel Master, the season opener of the 2023 World Padel Circuit, at a ceremony held at Bab Al Nojoum, Hudayriyat Island.
Agustín Tapia/Arturo Coello Manso beat Alejandro Galan Romo/Juan Lebron Chincoa (7-6 / 6-3) to win the Men’s Championship, while Ariana Sanchez Fallada/Paula Josemaría Martín beat Alejandra Salazar Bengoechea/Gemma Triay Pons to win the Women’s Championship [6-3 / 6-3]. Ariana Sanchez Fallada and Arturo Coello Manso were also honored as MVPs in their respective categories prize.
The sold-out final thrilled some of the world’s top players as they battled it out on custom-made courts on the beach. The winning duo expressed their delight at scoring 2,000 points, the highest ever World Padel Tour points.
Aref Al Awani, Secretary General of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said: “Abu Dhabi has cemented its position as the premier venue for world-class sporting events. The Modon Abu Dhabi Padel Master has proven to be a huge success, not only for athletes and spectators , but also to the entire regional sports industry.It presents a valuable opportunity for the growth and development of padel in the UAE and the wider Gulf region, showcasing the sporting infrastructure and capabilities that Abu Dhabi defines.
“This event is a testament to the UAE’s potential as a global sports hub and we are incredibly proud of the UAE players who participated and showcased the country’s potential as a padel powerhouse. We will continue to support and encourage the growth of the sport in the UAE.”
The meteoric rise of padel as the fastest growing sport in the region has been remarkable and the Modon Abu Dhabi Padel Master offers a unique opportunity to embrace the sport’s burgeoning popularity, creating a platform to celebrate and appreciate the UAE’s padel community and passionate fans.
Ramon Agenjo, Chairman of the World Padel Tour, said: “The Modon Abu Dhabi Padel Masters is a remarkable event that showcases Abu Dhabi’s readiness to host sporting events and our commitment to fostering a vibrant sporting culture in the region. UAE The qualification of the players, and the region’s first participation in the World Padel Tour Main Event, marks an important moment for the sport in the Arab world, inspiring young players and promoting greater diversity and inclusion in the sport.
“We are proud to organize this event with Abu Dhabi Sports Council and excited to be part of such a prestigious event that brings together top world players and local talent, contributing to the growth and development of padel in the UAE and the wider Gulf region.”
The excitement was brought to the game by enthusiastic spectators, who included fans from Spain, the UAE and the GCC, as well as fans from other parts of the world, giving the game a unique and vibrant transcontinental flavor. The final attendance figure of 6,000 visitors highlights the growing popularity of padel in the UAE, with more people discovering and enjoying the sport each year.
Namir Hourani, Managing Director of GMOL Events, said: “As the exclusive organizer of the World Padel Tour Modon Abu Dhabi Padel Master, GMOL Events is proud to be able to deliver an unforgettable experience to players and fans. The tournament was a huge success, attracting over 6,000 spectators and showcased some of the most impressive performances by padel stars from around the world, we congratulate the winners for their outstanding performance in the competition.”
The World Padel Tour will continue to South America in March as it kicks off its most international schedule ever in 2023. Abu Dhabi has agreed to be the site of the first Masters on the WPT calendar each year for the next four years and given the success of the Modon Abu Dhabi Padel Master, the event can only be expected to go from strength to strength.