International Padel

PPA criticises FIP: ”Structural and serious problem”


The players' union, PPA, criticises the management of a number of FIP competitions.
This was stated in a press release from PPA.

This morning, the players' union, PPA, released a press release criticising the International Padel Federation, FIP.

The press release is particularly focused on the FIP Platinum tournament in Mexico. According to PPA, FIP announced different information before the tournament and then changed the format. The players' union also points out that the prize money does not match the regulations. 

”Specifically, and as a trigger for this statement, PPA wants to show its disagreement with respect to the structuring of the main draw and distribution of prize money determined by FIP for the Platinum category tournament that is currently being played in Mexico City. In the information provided by FIP through the corresponding informative document on the characteristics of the tournament, a final draw of 28 pairs plus 4 QF was established; and not 28 pairs plus 4 QF and 2WC, as the tournament is finally taking place” PPA writes and continues:

”Additionally, the distribution of prizes per round of the tournament does not correspond to the FIP regulations for these purposes, not respecting what is established in the technical regulations of the FIP Tour in article 2.13.7”

”Not represent an isolated case”

The players' union also states that there are problems at several competitions:

”This situation unfortunately does not represent an isolated case, but is part of a structural and more serious problem that, today, results in the existence of manifest errors in the Ranking regarding the allocation of points based on the sporting results of the players, cancellation of FIP Tour events without prior notice, situations of non-payment or delay in the payment of prizes by certain promoters of the FIP Tour, as well as inappropriate use of the image rights of the players, among others”

Finally, the players' union states in the press release that FIP must take appropriate measures immediately:

”As a consequence of the above, and given that this association values and is aware of the importance of the governance of an International Federation in sport, it urges the FIP to urgently take the appropriate measures in coordination with the players' representative associations, in order to provide a framework of security for the development of competitions and the correct application of the corresponding regulations”

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