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A1 Padel and the New York Yankees Announce A1 Padel’s Official U.S. Debut, Uniting Padel Enthusiasts in New York City

A1 Padel and the New York Yankees today announced that A1

Padel will bring the fastest growing sport in the world to New York City with its first-ever U.S. tournament, which will take place in the heart of Manhattan. The weeklong competition from October 9 to 15 will be held at Wollman Rink in Central Park. With a capacity for more than 4,000 spectators per match, the venue will provide a perfect setting for fans to experience the excitement of this mesmerizing racquet sport and immerse themselves in both the culture of

padel and the passion of its players.

"We are extremely excited to bring A1 Padel to the United States, and there is no better place to start than in New York City," said Fabrice Pastor, founder of A1 Padel." Our mission is to promotepadel as a sport that exemplifies true competition and builds a strong sense of community amongst sports enthusiasts. The best players in the world will showcase their professional level

for the U.S. audience.” A1 Padel is an international padel tour founded in 2020 by Pastor, CEO of Monte Carlo International Sports. The tour has held more than 50 tournaments around the globe, in countries including Spain, Monaco, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and South Africa, among others. A1 Padel’s goal is to

promote U.S. development and awareness of padel, and to captivate sports enthusiasts through its dynamic gameplay, tactical strategies, and social appeal.

As previously announced, the New York Yankees have entered into a partnership with A1 Padel.

“The Yankees are pleased to be a strategic partner to A1 Padel,” said Yankees President Randy Levine. “As the sport of padel continues to rise in popularity, a tournament among top players at the iconic Wollman Rink in the center of New York City will further captivate audiences and expand its presence.” In October 2022, CEO of Infinity Sports and Yankees partner Ike S. Franco joined forces with Pastor to grow the sport in the U.S. In 2023, the tour will travel to 18 cities, 13 countries, and four continents, including its first-ever stops in the U.S. “We are thrilled to present A1 Padel to the U.S.,” said Franco. “Our objective is to introduce this exhilarating sport to fans across the country. New Yorkers will be the first to experience the energy, passion, and athleticism of A1 Padel’s highly talented athletes.”

"Wollman Park Partners (WPP) is thrilled to partner with A1 Padel and be a part of the sport's U.S. debut at Wollman Rink, located in New York City's iconic Central Park," said Bret Pidgeon, General Manager of Wollman Rink. "As host to sporting, entertainment and community-centric events, Wollman Rink continues to be a popular and dependable destination where everyone - from New Yorkers to visitors alike - can come to have fun, elevated experiences. We look forward to adding the upcoming tournament to this list."


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