In the women’s final, Ariana Sanchez and Paula Josemaria won the title. The number 2 seeded Spaniards came through in a close final match 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 against their fellow country women Gemma Triay/Alejandra Salazar.
“Vienna is so beautiful“
The men’s title was won by Sanyo Gutierrez and Agustin Tapia from Argentina. The number 3 in the world beat the top-seeded Spaniards Alejandro Galan/Juan Lebron in a thrilling final 6-1, 0-6, 7-6. The third set turned out to be a real nail-biter: at 5-6 Gutierrez/Tapia had to save three match points.
“Vienna is so beautiful. We were feeling great right from the beginning and we are looking forward to coming back again!”, said Gutierrez who also took some time for sight-seeing in Austria’s capital.
Success for the Vienna Padel Open
The players received 200,000 Euro altogether. During the tournament week, more than 10,000 fans came to the STEFFL Arena. Tournament director Dominik Beier was pleased: “We managed to reach lots of fans in our first year of the tournament. I want to thank the whole team for their efforts in the past weeks and months. The effort and hard work certainly paid off.”
The event was live broadcasted by ORF Sport+ and LAOLA1, reaching tens of thousands of fans. For Dominik Beier the feedback of the players was even more important than numbers and rates. “The players promised that this was the best organized tournament outside of Spain. They were completely happy, starting with the location, which included short travel, but also the hospitality and the atmosphere in the arena”, the tournament director says. Together with his team, even extraordinary wishes were fulfilled: “Our shuttle service was able to excite the players. When they decided that they want to enjoy some local food on short notice, we delivered Wiener Schnitzel. This might sound mundane, but we want the players to feel good and that they come back in the future.”
In the upcoming years, the World Padel Tour – and thus the best padel players in the world – shall return to Austria. Beier: “We want to make the Vienna Padel Open a fixed point in Austria’s sport calendar. Basically, we have a four-year-plan. This was a great start. We have learned a lot and want to become even better.”