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From court to courtroom? Padel and tennis at war over ‘hostile’ takeover

By Sean Ingle

11 Nov 2022 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

If you've ever played padel, you'll know how attractive it is as an alternative to tennis. So attractive, in fact, that the ITF is planning a "hostile" takeover, according to the Guardian.

It is one of the world’s fastest growing sports, a cross between tennis and squash that is enjoyed by Andy Murray, Jürgen Klopp and thousands of others across the UK. But the future of padel could soon be fought not only on the court but in the courtroom – after the sport’s governing body accused the International Tennis Federation (ITF) of trying to mount a “hostile” takeover.

The Guardian can reveal that the International Padel Federation (FIP) has sent letters to the ITF threatening legal action amid claims that tennis is trying to make a “hostile attempt to take over the governance of padel without the consent of FIP or its members”.

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