The iconic centre court at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar, where we have seen Rafa himself train so many times and which often hosts big international stops on the tennis tour, has been completely transformed to host the TAU Mallorca Challenger, which will bring together some of the biggest stars from the World Padel Tour.


Starting last Sunday, a total of 312 players are competing in an event that puts Mallorca on the World Padel Tour's international calendar and boasts a stellar line-up of players. In the women's competition, the hot favourites are Martita Ortega and Bea González, recent winners of the 2022 Danish Padel Open and this year's two Challenger events (TAU Cerámica Getafe Challenger and TAU Cerámica Albacete Challenger). Another top team looking to stand out at the tournament will be that of Marta Marrero and Lucía Sainz, numbers 12 and 11 in the WPT Ranking, respectively. They all started with wins in the last sixteen in Manacor. Javi Garrido and Antón Sans, Edu Alonso and Miguel Lamperti, and Víctor Ruiz and Lucas Bergamini, are the favourites in the men's competition.


Mallorcan culture, economy and gastronomy will be promoted during the tournament with concerts and zero-km traditional Mallorcan products.


Fans have already started to pack the stands at a tournament whose tickets were sold out several days before it got underway. Today it was announced that the TAU Mallorca Challenger will have the most extensive audiovisual coverage in the history of these World Padel Tour events thanks to the coverage MOVISTAR will provide throughout the weekend. Online broadcasts will start on Friday 27 with 3 women's quarter-final matches from 09:30 and will continue with 3 men's quarter-final matches from 16:30. All of them will be broadcast in Spanish on the World Padel Tour YouTube channel and the worldpadeltourtv.com OTT service. From Saturday 28, Movistar will be providing expansive coverage, offering the following matches:


Saturday 28: semi-finals

Women's semi-final 1: 10:00 | Deportes por M+ (channel 53) and Ellas #V (channel 56)

Men's semi-final 2: Following previous match | Deportes por M+ (channel 53)

Women's semi-final 2: 17:00h | Deportes 2 por M+ (channel 55) and Ellas #V (channel 56)

Men's semi-final 2: Following previous match | Deportes 2 por M+ (channel 55)


Sunday 29: finals

Women's final: 10:00 | Deportes 1 por Movistar Plus+ (channel 54) and Ellas #V (channel 56)

Men's final: Following previous match | Deportes 1 por Movistar Plus+ (channel 54)



The tournament is expected to attract 1.5 million spectators and will attract the international public thanks to the broadcasts in English, which will take place on the Saturday and Sunday on the World Padel Tour YouTube channel.


Rosana Morillo, the general director of the Government of the Balearic Islands, spoke of the tournament's magnitude at the presentation: "The event will put the Balearic Islands in a privileged position thanks to the huge media impact, which will favour the creation of an off-season tourist product", something that was echoed by Andreu Serra, The Council of Mallorca's Minister of Transition, Tourism and Sports and president of the Mallorca Turisme Foundation: "The staging of first-class international sports tournaments drives racket-sport tourism that favours diversity and deseasonalisation".


A few weeks ago, on the occasion of the Pro-Am held to promote the tournament, Rafa Nadal wished all the players the best of luck.


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