Sheikh Saeed Bin Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Padel Association, attended the World Padel Tour Modon Abu Dhabi Padel Master, where he witnessed a thrilling sporting showdown featuring the top-ranked men’s duo.
The world’s number one men’s pair of Alejandro Galan and Juan Lebron battled it out against Ramiro Moyano with Xisco Gil in an epic match that went the distance. After neck to neck sets, Galan and Lebron came out on top with a 6-7, 7-5, 6-1 win.
The number two men’s pair of Agustin Tapia and Arturo Manso just made it into the second round after an intensely close 7-6, 7-6 result over Javier Mora and Javier Barahmona.
New pairing Patricia Llaguno and Victoria Iglesias began their adventure with a victory over their compatriots Lorena Alonso and Sandra Hernandez 6-1, 6-1 in just over one hour on centre court.
Spectators were delighted to see the historic debut of Arab Women on the World Padel Tour center court. UAE Nationals Alia Taher and Aisha Alawadhi took on former world number ones Ariana Sanchez and Paula Josemaria, and despite the defeat, it marked a ground-breaking moment for the sport.
In a heartwarming display of support, the crowd cheered on UAE Nationals Abdulla Alabdulla and Fares Al Janahi as they faced off against mid-ranked Spaniards Javi Rico and Jorge Ruiz in the main draw. Notwithstanding the loss, the wild card team's spirited effort thrilled the spectators and showcased their promising talent on the global stage. The Arab presence on an international stage will surely benefit the region, in spite of the scorelines.
Looking beyond the courts
With just four days to go, the tournament promises to be an unforgettable experience for fans and players alike, featuring a dedicated fan village with a backdrop of pristine blue waters. With one centre court and two side courts built on the beach, spectators will witness the biggest global names in padel competing. Not just limited to fans of the sports, visitors seeking exceptional entertainment can also enjoy the fan village, which has been buzzing with activity, including a ‘padball’ activation, blending the sport of padel and football.
World Padel Tour Modon Abu Dhabi Padel Master is organised by Abu Dhabi Sports Council and the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism in collaboration with Global Mice Organisation Limited (GMOL) Events. Modon Properties is the title sponsor for UAE’s newest international sporting event, while other key sponsors include Emirates Post Group, McDonald’s, Bullpadel, Hilton, Estrella Damm, Head, among others.
For more information on the World Padel Tour, including ticket sales and the full schedule of events, please visit the tournament’s official website: https://abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net/event-tickets/85949/world-padel-tour-modon-abu-dhabi-master