The records broken in the 2023 World Padel Tour season

The records broken in the 2023 World Padel Tour season

Halfway through the 2023 season, we take a look back at some of the most eye-catching records broken!

02-08-2023

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16 tournaments into the year, the players are currently enjoying a much-deserved summer break ahead of a crucial second half of the season.

Countless records have been broken already, regarding age, winning, and reaching finals.

Below, we review and analyse the best of them!

 

The kids are alright in World Padel Tour

After winning the Modon Abu Dhabi Padel Master, Arturo Coello and Agustin Tapia, 20 and 23 years old at the time respectively, became the youngest male couple to win a World Padel Tour tournament.

A record that had stood for nine years was for the youngest finalist ever, which was Marta Ortega and 17 years and eight months in 2014. Stunningly, it was broken two tournaments in a row. 

First, Valentino Libaak stunningly reached The La Rioja Open final at 17 years, seven months and three days old to beat the outright record, followed by Claudia Jensen in the Chile Padel Open, who made it at 17 years, seven months and 26 days old to take the women's record.

Libaak and Leandro Augsburger also smashed the record for youngest couple to reach a final at 17 and 18 years old respectively.

Later in the year, young star Andrea Ustero announced herself at one of the most iconic tournaments on the calendar. The Spaniard became the youngest quarter-finalist ever in World Padel Tour, reaching the final eight at just 16 years and one month old together with her 'veteran' 17-year-old team-mate Alejandra Alonso.

 

Historic records shattered in 2023

Not only have the young stars broken records, so have the established players at the top of the rankings.

After a record-breaking 2022 campaign, Alejandra Salazar and Gemma Triay broke another mightily impressive record in the current season.

Dating back to the Santander Open in October of last year, the Spaniards managed to make it to 14 consecutive finals, breaking Pablo Lima and Fernando Belasteguin's record of 12.

Staying with 'Ale y Gemma', their match-up against Paula Josemaria and Ariana Sanchez has become the most-played final in WPT history with a total of 24 meetings since 2021.

Arturo Coello and Agustin Tapia have broken many records this season, including the one for the best start to a season in WPT history. 

The record stood at four titles to start the season - Coello and Tapia won the first nine they played, more than doubling the record. While they fell just short of the longest winning streak of all time - 46 compared to Lima and "Bela"'s 53 - this is one record that will be near-impossible to beat in the future.

Another record that will be extremely hard to beat is the one Martin Di Nenno and Franco Stupaczuk set when they won the Cupra Danish Padel Open, their first title in 2023.

That is because that title was eight years apart from the last one they had won together, the 2015 Barcelona Challenger.

The previous record had actually been set only two hours prior, when Delfi Brea and Bea Gonzalez also won the Danish Padel Open, almost four years on from their last title together, the 2019 San Javier Challenger.