We are only one week away from the start of the XVI Padel World Championship by National Teams that will take place in UAE’s capital, Dubai, with the Duty Free Tennis Stadium as main venue.
Let’s have a preview of the #XVIPadelWorldChampionship, Oct 31st - Nov 5th, Dubai 2022
7 days to go
The World Padel Championships by national teams is a competition that is currently held every two years and whose first edition was held in Spain in 1992 and won by Argentina.
Since then only Argentina and Spain have managed to win in this competition, something that looks set to continue for a few more editions.
And how is the head-to-head between Argentina and Spain going?
Argentina is in the lead but on the girls' side the difference has been rapidly diminishing, being now ARG 8 - 7 ESP.
On the boys' side the gap is still quite large, ARG 10 - 4 ESP.
(* yes, you did the sum right, it only adds up to 14 men's championships because the 2018 championship in Paraguay was declared void when the final was not played due to deficiencies in the facilities).
The competing National Teams, the standings
Spain, Argentina, Italy, France, Brazil, Belgium, Mexico, Germany, Netherlands, Paraguay, Uruguay, USA, Chile, Japan, Sweden and Portugal.
We are missing the UAE team here as the host country. Has the Emirati federation, together with the IPF, taken Solomon's decision by not fielding a women's team as the Qatari federation had done?
Spain, Argentina, Brazil, France, Italy, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Belgium, Great Britain, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Ecuador, Egypt, Netherlands and Portugal.
(So far we have no news about the possible participation of the Qatari men's team which was qualified as the host country team before the change of venue from Doha to Dubai).
And what is the picture of the current world ranking? this is how the final ranking of last year Doha's world championship looked like.
From the official information available we know that the venue will be the Duty Free Tennis Stadium which has a large centre court with a capacity of 5.000 people. Wouldn't it be great to see the stadium full for the final?
There are another 6 secondary tennis courts with grandstands where padel courts could be installed as was done last year in Doha with great success.
Alternatively, there are 8 panoramic courts at a nearby club, but they would not be able, apparently, to accommodate large crowds along with the necessary equipment for television broadcasts.
The competition format
The 16 teams will be divided into 4 groups, the top two from each group will fight at the top of the table for positions 1 to 8 in a knockout format (the losing teams forming a consolation bracket).
The remaining 8 teams will compete for positions 9 to 16 in the same knockout + consolation bracket format.
Next date to watch out for? Sunday 30th of October when the group draw will take place during the opening ceremony.
The competition is expected to be available for viewing at home on the FIP's youtube channel: https://bit.ly/3Dt3S6P
And if you decide to enjoy it live in Dubai, you can buy your tickets here (at affordable prices ;-) https://bit.ly/3D2Ykyr
Who do you think will reign in Dubai?
By WOP - worldofpadel.com