Having barely recovered from the La Rioja Open 2023 last week, World Padel Tour now travels to Chile for the very first time in the competition's history.
Several players are prevented from competing because of sustained injuries, slightly altering the draw.
Javi Rico already missed La Rioja and will sit out as well for Chile, the Spaniard still sidelined with injury. The same goes for Miguel Benitez, Sergio Alba and Alejandro Arroyo.
New injuries have come for Arnau Ayats, who cannot compete because of injury, while Fernando Belasteguin is also ruled out, meaning he and Sanyo Gutierrez will not play in Chile.
Yanguas/Augsburger, Lebron and Galan return
There is not only bad news, however, as number ones of the world Juan Lebron and Alejandro Galan are back in action in Chile. Galan was nursing knee problems but was given the green light, meaning he and Lebron will fight to become the first champions on Chilean soil.
While his partner Arroyo is still out, Miguel Yanguas has turned to Leandro Augsburger to partner him for the week. The regulations allow a player, when his partner is injured, to pick a 'lucky loser' from the four couples that lost in the last round in qualifying, which was the case for Augsburger and Valentino Libaak.
Fresh after making his first-ever final, Augsburger will now compete alongside one of the biggest Spanish talents there is in Mike Yanguas.
One change in the women's draw
There is a single injury to report on in the women's draw as Spaniard Sandra Bellver is sidelined for the BTW Pactual Chile Padel Open.
Her partner Ariadna Cañellas has drafted in Russian player Ksenia Sharifova as the 'lucky loser' using the same abovementioned regulation.