Update: A look at The Race 2023 ahead of the Boss Master Final

BOSS BARCELONA MASTER FINAL 2023

Update: A look at The Race 2023 ahead of the Boss Master Final

With just nine tournaments to go before the Boss Master Final, we check in on the current standings in The Race 2023 to see who is currently qualified.

10-08-2023

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What is The Race 2023 in World Padel Tour?

The Race is an individual ranking that determines who qualifies for the Boss Master Final at the end of the year. Only the top 16 players qualify in the men's and women's tours. Not the top eight couples, but the top 16 players individually.

This often means that of existing couples, one player qualifies and the other does not. In 2022, for example, Martin Di Nenno's partner Coki Nieto did not make it, and neither did Fede Chingotto's team-mate Javi Garrido, forcing Chingotto and Di Nenno to tackle the tournament together.

Because of the difficulty to get in, the Master Final is the most prestigious tournament in World Padel Tour, and the most sought-after title for every professional player.

 

Men's standings in The Race 2023

With 13.560 points each, Arturo Coello and Agustin Tapia stand firmly at the top of the men's standings in The Race. They are 3.610 points ahead of Martin Di Nenno and Franco Stupaczuk in joint third.

Below the top four, things are very bunched up. There are only two thousand points between fifth-placed Alejandro Galan (5.070 points) and 15th-placed Miguel Yanguas (3.020 points), with 'Pincho' Fernandez currently holding on to the last qualifying berth.

On the outside looking in is 16-time number one Fernando Belasteguin, who has found some form after a difficult start to the season. The Argentinian has 2.430 points, just five fewer than Fernandez in 16th.

However, there are seven other players who are within 500 points of Fernandez, meaning it will be a very tight battle to the end of the season.

As it stands, three players would make their Master Final debut this year: Jon Sanz (8th, 4.075 points), Javi Garrido (12th, 3.505 points), and Miguel Yanguas (15th, 3.020 points).

Women's standings in The Race 2023

Paula Josemaria and Ariana Sanchez find themselves firmly at the top of The Race 2023 when looking at the women's Circuit.

Josemaria and Sanchez have won ten titles in the season, granting them 13.720 points each so far - more than even Coello and Tapia.

The winners of the 2021 Master Final are 3.340 points clear of third-placed Gemma Triay, a gap which has ballooned to its current size as Triay has not won a title since the Paraguay Padel Open in March.

Despite not playing since the Cervezas Victoria Marbella Master, Alejandra Salazar is still fourth, with the reigning return eyeing a return at the end of the month. 

As things stand, there would be two debutants in December at the Palau Sant Jordi on the biggest stage of them all; teenager Claudia Jensen (10th, 4.247 points) and her former partner Jessica Castello (12th, 4.012 points). Delfi Brea and Sofia Araujo would both return to the Master Final too, having qualified previously but not in 2022. 

Two players from the 2022 Master Final are certain not to feature come December: Marta Marrero, who has retired, and Barbara Las Heras, who tore her ACL early in the season.

Outside of the top 16 - 15th and 16th place being manned by Mapi and Majo Sanchez Alayeto with 2.780 points apiece - are three players who did qualify in 2022. Patricia Llaguno, Victoria Iglesias and Veronica Virseda are all on the outside looking in, but need to step up for the campaign's second half.

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