All eyes on Guernsey for weekend of top flight padel

The LTA Padel British Tour continues this weekend with a Grade 1 tournament at Guernsey Padel Club. The Guernsey Padel Championships begins Friday, May 26, the fourth of seven Grade 1 events to take place across England, Scotland and the Channel Islands as part of the British Tour which encompasses the top padel competitions in the UK.

Grade 1 events see the very best British players and international competitors competing across full weekends for prize money. Acceptance onto British Tour events is based on players’ LTA padel ranking.

The tournament in Guernsey sees a total of 48 pairs, 32 men, 16 women. Chris Salisbury (GBR) and Rafael Vega Otaolaurruchi (ESP) make up the men’s tops seeds, whilst Aimee Gibson (GBR) and Catherine Rose headline the women’s draw. Nikhil Mohindra (GBR) and Francis Langan (GBR), who were both part of the traveling GB squad who competed at the World Padel Championships, are also set to compete.

Nikhil Mohindra and Chris Salisbury.

2023 sees an uplift in investment from the LTA into padel performance competitions in order to further develop the sport in Britain and to support the pathway for British professional padel players.

The LTA Padel British Tour provides encompasses the top padel competitions in the UK. The very best players from across Britain compete in standout events, across full weekends, for prize money. Acceptance onto British Tour events is based on players’ leaderboard position a circuit of tournaments designed to give up and coming players the opportunity to gain experience and provides competition for professional players in the UK in-between competing in professional events both in the UK and abroad. There are currently seven confirmed Grade 1 Tour events taking place in 2023.

The 2023 calendar also features four international FIP events which will see some of the top international players compete in this country and an opportunity to showcase the increasingly popular sport to more people.

Andy Privett, manager of Guernsey Padel Club said “We are privileged to be able to host and be awarded the sanction for one of the highest level padel events in the UK this year. I would encourage everyone who is interested in, or plays the sport, to pop down over the weekend for a chance to watch some of the UK’s best players up close, as well as supporting our local players.” 🎾