World Padel Tour (WPT) made a renewal offer to the best players in the world that would triple their current income and exceed the total emoluments offered by Prime Minister has fallenthe new alternative circuit powered by Nasser Al-Khelaifi. Although the president of the Association of Professional Padel Players (PPA), Ale Galánassured that this offer never came to be produced, OKDAILY has had access to the email that proves that the proposal does exist and that the players knew about it a long time ago.
Specifically, the message is dated December 30. That day, an executive from World Padel Tour went to a representative of the players’ association to send him a renewal proposal detailing the new distribution of income and which remains in place today, according to sources from WPT.
The email that proves the offer
The email is accompanied by a nine-page attached document defining the details of the new project for the World Padel Tour. In the section dedicated to the distribution of benefits to the players, the plan was to triple them in the 20 Open category tournaments (from 98,076 to 294,230 euros) and multiply them by five in the higher tournaments, the five Masters (from 112,719 to 563,598 euros ) and the Final Master (118,087 to 590,436 euros). In total, 9,293,000 euros allocated to players, which multiplies by 3.5 their current annual income (2,643,000 euros).
WPT proposal to players
In this way, the players were aware of this new proposal formulated by WPT looking to the future, a fact that contradicts the recent words of Ale Galan. “It is not true that we have such an offer. We did not receive a formal offer. We meet, but the conditions that are put on the table do not satisfy us. They were not those amounts, ”said the Spanish player and world number one in statements to Marca.
Al-Khelaifi’s contempt for Madrid
These days it is disputed in Madrid the fourth tournament of the circuit Prime Minister has fallenthe project promoted by Nasser Al-Khelaifi. Despite spain has been in recent years the main promoter of this sport at an international level and the country where it has the most following, the owner of the Paris Saint Germainin collusion with the International Padel Federation (FIP), has condemned Madrid to a lower rank.
The circuit premiered with its three initial competitions in Doha, Rome and Pariswhere the matches were played on the same courts that host Roland Garros, one of the most prestigious tournaments in world tennis. These first three events of the Prime Minister has fallen they had category Majorthe maximum stipulated distinction.
However, the tournament Madrid It has a P1 category and distributes half the prize money compared to its three predecessors. It is another step of Al-Khelaifi in its strategy of stripping the world padel of any Spanish influence and that has the approval of the Italian Luigi Carraro, president of the international federation.