Thomas Gravesen puts pen to paper - “MATCHi ticked all the boxes”

We’re thrilled to announce the "signing" of Thomas Gravesen and more specifically his remarkable, soon to be opened padel venue: Vejle Padelcenter. The Danish football legend has chosen MATCHi as its racket sports platform. We had a sit-down with him to learn more about how everything came to be and why he chose MATCHi.

Let me in

First things first, your customers need to be able to enter the venue - even when you’re not there. It’s kind of a deal-breaker, to be fair. The easiest way to make this happen is by giving each and every booking a unique entrance code. Simple.

From the central midfield to the center court

Where to begin? Thomas Gravesen truly is footballing royalty, and his reputable playing career has seen him entering some of Europe’s largest stages. How about Santiago Bernabéu, playing alongside galacticos such as David Beckham and Ronaldo? Now, he’s entered yet another esteemed stage - the padel market. 

“I’m actually somewhat of a padel pioneer. When I lived in Spain and played for Real Madrid back in 2006, a friend of mine decided to show me the ropes and introduce me to the sport. We played one on one on a doubles court, it was tough to say the least. We gradually started to play more frequently and I took a liking to the sport!” Thomas says.

"MATCHi ticked all of the boxes"

Fast forward 16 years, and Thomas' liking has turned into a vision. With its 6000m2 and 12 courts, Vejle Padelcenter (scheduled to open during spring 2023) will be a sight for sore eyes and a true premier venue for padel - enabling visitors to get the best possible playing experience. To make sure the day-to-day operations and the long-term strategic planning will run smoothly, Vejle Padelcenter has chosen MATCHi. Thomas explains why.

“I’ve met with quite a few different options, but at the end of the day, MATCHi ticked all the boxes regarding what I look for in a partner. Someone who knows the in’s and out’s of the business and that have the relevant tools, know-how and share the same passion for making padel more accessible. MATCHi meets all of these requirements and I'm looking forward to cooperating with them.”

No stone left unturned

It’s fair to say that Thomas hasn't left no stone unturned in his pursuit of creating the “perfect” padel venue. A pursuit that has seen him travel across Sweden for inspiration, and that might have upset a construction worker or two along the way.

“I want Vejle Padelcenter to be for everyone, and especially the youth - a place where people meet to have fun and play the game we love. To make this possible, I've visited various venues across Sweden to gather bits and pieces of inspiration. I’m sure I've upset a few of my construction workers as I constantly bring new ideas to the table. But hey, I just want it to be perfect come opening day!” Thomas says.

Curious to find out how the venue will look? Follow the link to see what Vejle Padelcenter is all about!

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