The Padel World Championships kick off today in Asuncion, Paraguay.
Ben will again be representing Great Britain in his toughest challenge yet, competing with the very best players in the world.
The championships are held every two years, with world rankings determined by each team’s pervious performance. Great Britain is currently ranked number eight, their highest every ranking, so they will be hoping to match or better that eighth place finish this year. Spain and Argentina are expected to dominate the competition as in previous years.
Padel is played in around 60 countries, with 39 affiliated countries being eligible to compete in the Padel World Championships. The top eight teams get direct entrance to the event, whilst any other teams wishing to compete must go through qualification rounds.
Ben will be competing in the open tournament with Nikki Roenn, who lives in Estepona. They managed to train together while Ben was there last week competing in the Vets Padel World Championships. As padel is a doubles sport, training together is vital to a pair’s success.
Ben will arrive in Asuncion on Saturday morning to train throughout the weekend before the tournament begins on the Monday.Ben has not played at this level before and is looking to gain some valuable experience against the very best players in the world. We wish him luck!
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