Big absentees and a host of debuts kick off the WPT French Open
The circuit makes its first visit to the French country this season to celebrate the WPT Human French Padel Open, the eleventh tournament of the year.
After a week-long break, the World Padel Tour circuit returns to action, this time from French soil. The 'Andre Brouat' Sports Palace in Toulouse is gearing up this week to welcome the world's best padel players.
On Tuesday, the first round of the WPT Human French Open kicks off, a tournament that will feature some notable absences, but also many new pairs.
Tapia and Coello absent in France
In the men's draw, Franco Stupaczuk and Martín Di Nenno will start in France as the top seeds, in the absence of the number one ranked pair due to Agustín Tapia's injury. Meanwhile, the makeshift pair of Jon Sanz and Alejandro Galán will start as number two.
Another notable absence in the French competition will be Fernando Belasteguín, who has been suspended from the tournament due to an incident involving a broadcasting microphone in Vigo.
New couples in the top ten
The French tournament will also see the debut of new pairs in the women's top ten. Due to Alejandra Salazar's injury, Gemma Triay will make her debut alongside Marta Ortega as the second-ranked pair in the competition.
The seventh and eighth spots in the WPT France Open will also be occupied by debutant pairs: Sofia Araujo will share the court with Jess Castello, while Claudia Jensen will do the same with Verónica Virseda.
The broadcast will begin on Wednesday, June 14, starting at 9:30 AM, with the second of the two days of the round of 16. All matches played on the central court of the 'Palais de Sports Andre Brouat' can be watched live on WPT Tv.