Alejandro Galan on the negotiations between Premier Padel and WPT: "We are optimistic"
In an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca, the president of the PPA spoke for the first time about the rapprochement between Premier Padel and World Padel Tour.
— We see optimism and relaxation among the players who want to compete and enjoy the sport, he said.
For the first time since the appearance of Premier Padel; the conflict involving the new circuit, World Padel Tour, FIP and the professional players' association seem to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
In January, the news that the World Padel Tour and Premier Padel had begun talks to solve the conflict was received with great optimism by the padel community around the world.
In an interview with the Spanish newspaper Marca, Alejandro Galan - president of the PPA and world number one - gave for the first time his perspective on the issue.
— It's been something really positive that fills us with optimism. Feeling that the tension in the World Padel Tour tournaments is lowered, that there's a good atmosphere... well, everything is more relaxed because there was a lot of uncertainty. We see optimism and relaxation among the players who want to compete and enjoy the sport, said Galan.
"We are waiting"
Although there are many parties involved, so far only the Damm group (owner of World Padel Tour) and QSI (owner of Premier Padel) have held talks. Both FIP and the players' association have remained on the sidelines. The president of the PPA confirms that as soon as negotiations move forward, the players will have their say in the matter.
— This is a priority and I have no doubt that this will be the case. Right now we are waiting because there are certain commercial issues that they have to negotiate, but always with the premise that the conditions set from the beginning will not change. We will see how it all turns out, but for the moment we are optimistic about what is going to happen.
"We had done the right things"
While the rapprochement between the two circuits came as a surprise to the padel world, Galan always remained confident that the work done by the players from the association would bear fruit.
— I was confident in the work we have done. Now we hope they understand each other, they are working on it. As I said, it has been a relief, although we have always been calm. Even with the lawsuits, we were confident that we had done the right things.