FIP Rise London Padel Open 2022: Preview, live stream, schedule, draw
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The first professional padel event Great Britain has ever seen – get ready for the London Padel Open.
Just a few days away from the start of London’s can’t miss padel tournament of the year, here’s everything you need to know about the event, who’s playing and our live coverage.
Coverage of the London Padel Open will be available from 6-7 August.
What is the London Padel Open?
The London Padel Open is an International Padel Federation (FIP) Rise event taking place at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.
FIP Rise competitions are part of the Cupra FIP Tour – find out more about the FIP event tiers here.
The tournament will host a men’s and women’s event, with 32 pairs competing in both draws (26 main draw, four qualifiers and two wild cards). The London Padel Open is played as a straight knockout tournament starting with qualifying rounds, followed by a five round main draw.
When is the London Padel Open?
This year’s London Padel Open will take place from Thursday 4 August through to semi-finals and finals day on Sunday 7 August.
Which British players will be competing in the London Padel Open?
In the women’s draw, British No.1 Tia Norton leads the line-up as the top seed, alongside Spain’s Carla Fito Fernández. The pair lead the field at the moment with 46 ranking points, thanks to a few pre-qualifying results in Denmark and Marbella. The 18-year-old made history last year in becoming the first British woman to compete in and win a World Padel Tour match at the Malaga Open.
The other British star coming in with World Padel Tour ranking points to her name is Hansie Ruddick, who will play with Ivet Val Lopez. Both Ruddick and Norton were part of the British team to feature at last year’s World Padel Championships.
Tennis fans will be interested to see that former British No.1 Laura Robson will make her international padel debut at the National Tennis Centre, teaming up with Sian Bayliss – who also played professional tennis back in 2010.
Heading up the British challenge in the men’s draw is Christian Medina Murphy and his Spanish partner Javier Navarro Perez. The pair look set to come in as the 7th seeds, with a combined 197 ranking points this season. Earlier this year, Murphy became part of the first British team to win a Tour match at the FIP 525,000 Euro Italy Major, with Sam Jones.
All-British duo Jones and Louie Harris will look to make their mark on the London Padel Open as two of the nations rising stars in the game. Jones and Harris have created a formidable partnership of their own this season – having finished runners-up at the LTA National Padel Tour event in Stratford.
Looking to make his return at the London Padel Open is Richard Brooks – who is set to play in his first Tour event since September 2021. One of Britain’s most experienced padel stars, Brooks will look to mark his comeback with some strong results as he teams up with Alejandro Tasa Van Beek.
There are also several other British pairs competing, with some receiving wild cards into the main draw.
Who else is playing at the London Padel Open?
The London Padel Open will also welcome several of the biggest stars from across the world – including world No.77 Ignacio Vilariño Gestoso and his partner Jabor Al-Mutawa. Vilariño has competed in the main draw at two World Padel Tour Master events this year and has racked up a total of 22 wins in 2022 alone.
Elsewhere, Spanish Ricardo Martinez Sanchez teams up with the Frenchman Jeremy Scatena as the second seeds, while world No.76 Carlos Jimenez Casas from Spain joins up with Bastien Blanque after having reached the semi-finals at the Tau Cerámica Getafe Challenger back in April.
Dutch star Maaike Betz leads an exciting line-up in the women’s main draw, alongside Spain’s Natalia Sanz Garcia. Meanwhile, third seeds Carolina Gallo Frias and Evelyn Lacamoire could be set to mount a serious challenge for this year’s title.
Adding to an array of world padel stars, both the men’s and women’s draws have attracted players from a variety of nationalities – including Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Canada, Qatar, UAE, Argentina, Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Croatia, and Sweden.
When is the draw for the London Padel Open taking place?
Draws for both events took place on Monday 1 August.
You can find the men's and women's draws below:
How to watch and live stream the London Padel Open
Live coverage of the London Padel Open will be available across our website, YouTube and TikTok channels. Matches will also be broadcast live on the FIP’s digital channels.
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