Premier Padel Explores New Options Post Hurricane Otis

October 30, 2023

In the aftermath of Hurricane Otis, the GNP Premier Padel Mexico Major, originally set in Acapulco’s GNP Arena, faces relocation. While not officially confirmed, sources reveal it’s a serious consideration after the disaster struck Mexico’s Pacific coast.

Fernando Belasteguín, discussing his return to the courts, emphasized the impossibility of playing in Acapulco, pushing Premier Padel to actively seek new locations. The hurricane, a category five fury, hit Acapulco, leaving over 30 casualties and affecting the upscale Acapulco Diamante, which includes a sprawling hotel area and sports complex.

A bird’s eye view of Acapulco post-Otis. Photo courtesy of cnn

The GNP Arena, set to host its first Padel Major, incurred substantial damage, rendering the tournament, planned from November 27 to December 3, unfeasible. Reports even suggest the potential cancellation of the ATP 250 tennis tournament slated for February.

This setback forces the fourth Major of the year to scout for a new venue, following the change in its inaugural location in 2022. Monterrey initially hosted Premier’s first Mexican event, overcoming challenging weather conditions with resilience.

This event bears immense importance for the Premier season. Just weeks ago, the New Giza P1 in Egypt was canceled due to geopolitical tensions stemming from the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza and the West Bank. Stay tuned for updates as Premier Padel navigates these challenges to deliver an exceptional tournament experience.

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