Las Vegas Smash Triumphs Over Cancun Waves to Win Historic, Inaugural Season and the PPL Cup
On Sunday, June 11, 2023, the Pro Padel League held the Championship Match for their historic, inaugural season with stars like Daddy Yankee coming out to watch the exhilarating action at the Sarah Vande Berg Tennis & Wellness Center.
Taking stadium court was the Pro Padel League’s two best teams of the season – the Cancun Waves and the Las Vegas Smash – who advanced to the finals after the semifinal wins on Saturday. Bringing the heat, Las Vegas’ women’s doubles team not only won the first point of the match, but the first match defeating Cancun in a three-set thriller 6-1, 3-6, 6-0. Following the women, the men’s doubles showdown displayed power and finesse with many games being decided by the golden point. Eventually, it was Las Vegas who pulled out a close two-set match 7-5, 7-6, to capture the men’s doubles match and overall team win for Las Vegas.
In an epic ending to what has been an incredible season of action, drama, and Padel being played at the highest level, the Las Vegas Smash rushed the court to celebrate their historic victory.
Shortly following their win on Sunday, the Las Vegas Smash were presented the PPL Cup by League Commissioner, Marcos del Pilar, and Co-Founder, Keith Stein, in the awards presentation ceremony. Additionally, the League also awarded one male, and one female, player as MVP of the season. This year’s MVPs were Nico Agritelly of the Arkansas Matrix and Ana Paula De La Pena of the Las Vegas Smash.
To watch the Championship Match and all the highlights from Sunday’s finals, be sure to tune into CBS Sports on June 22, 2023 at 7:00p.m. ET.
About the Team
The addition of Las Vegas Smash to the local professional sports landscape provides fans with another high-level competition to support. It also opens opportunities for local talent to pursue a career in Padel. As the sport grows in popularity nationwide, you see more porches and yards decorated with padel rackets and schoolyards filled with young talent practising the sport together and adult non-professional teams and leagues popping up in cities of all sizes. The team has gained significant sponsorship and has established partnerships with local businesses and organizations, including the Las Vegas favorite ultra-premium tequila brand, Tequila Comisario, boasting the quadruple gold slam Comisario Blanco, Comisario Reposado, Comisario Añejo and Gran Comisario expressions.