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WPT decision: suspended for twelve tournaments after the gesture — see the situation


The World Padel Tour has decided to suspend Pablo Lijo from twelve tournaments. This comes after the Spanish star allegedly behaved unprofessionally toward the crowd at the Buenos Aires Masters. 

It was during the Round of 32 against Argentines Leo Augsburger and Tino Libaak at the WPT Buenos Aires Masters that Pablo Lijo made obscene gestures to the crowd in La Rural. 

The incident was reported, and the World Padel Tour launched an investigation against the player. Padel Alto has previously been in contact with both the World Padel Tour and Pablo Lijo, and neither has been willing to comment on the investigation.

But now the Twitter account VeinteDiez reports that the investigation is complete. The verdict will be a 12-tournament suspension from Open and Master World Padel Tour competitions. 

The backhand player has appealed the decision. 

Before the incident, Pablo Lijo had been highly critical of the WPT organization, saying, among other things, that the players ”have to serve as faithful slaves.” After the organization started the investigation, he went on his social media and said that he was not afraid of the WPT, and the player even said goodbye to the tour through a post on social media where he wrote, "Good Bye WPT."

It is unclear on which tour and with which partner Pablo Lijo will play next season. During the day, he announced that Javi Ruiz and he were going their separate ways. 

See the situation here from Buenos Aires here. 

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