Ranking Male
1 - Francisco Riveroll
Rating: Competition
Ranking Points: 1696,00
2 - Jose Pablo Arizpe
Rating: Competition
Ranking Points: 1696,00
Rating: Competition
Ranking Points: 1504,00
Rating: Competition
Ranking Points: 1184,00
5 - Leo Contini
Rating: Competition
Ranking Points: 888,00
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Ranking Female
Rating: Competition
Ranking Points: 2144,00
2 - Lesli Rowell
Rating: Intermediate
Ranking Points: 960,00
3 - Anabelle Landa
Ranking Points: 953,00
4 - Cynthia Ainsa
Rating: Intermediate
Ranking Points: 928,00
5 - Johana Snaider
Ranking Points: 896,00
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Padel was first introduced to the United States in 1993 by Ed Thompson and Felipe Arnold in Houston , Texas at the renown Houstonian Hotel Club and Spa. They were proud to have the very first ever padel court constructed at The Houstonian. Felipe being a native of Argentina where padel made its initial successful debut was impressed with the growth of the sport in Argentina in just a few short years which inspired him to bring it to the United States.  One of the founders first goals was to form the very first ever men's US padel team. The first men's padel team was formed in 1993 by choosing six of the most elite tennis players in the Houston area.  The first men selected for the U.S. Team where: Mike May, Scott Read, Matt Berry, Brian Poynter, Ross Persons and Peter Farrel.  Mike May the  team captain at the time eventually became the new president of the United States Padel Association in 1998 while continually playing professional padel as well. Mike has played and attended every world padel championships since 1994 and has seen the sport make great strides worldwide. His goal is to share how Padel can be a successful addition to any racquet club or business looking for diversity and a way to attract new customers much like the sport has done for The Houstonian which is one of the top facilities worldwide.


Board members

The current board of directors of Kenny Kurtzman, Patricia Herrera and Victor Longo.  All three of the Board of Directors are dedicated padel fans and assist in making decisions to help move padel forward in the U.S. 

Meet the president

Mike May who is now the president of the United States Padel Association since 1998 was also introduced to the sport in 1993 as part of the very first U.S. Men's padel team. Mike has been playing professionally since then and has played every padel world championships since 1994 until 2016.  Mike is also the Director of Racquet Sports at the renown Houstonian Club and has been there since 1993 where padel began in the United States.  Mike's goal is to introduce Padel to everyone in the United States as a way to have fun, get exercise and to meet new people.

Mike May, a former professional tennis player summarizes padel as the most complete racquet sport in the market for simplicity of learning how to play, it's variety of shots and most importantly it's social aspect on and off the court.

Mike's dream would be to have Padel as an Olympic sport.

Mike's goals for padel in the US are the following:

- To make Padel known in the whole United States.

- To introduce Padel into racquet sports facilities

- To establish and maintain the rules of play

- To set high standards of amateurism for all demographics

- To nourish national and international amateur and professional Padel tournaments


Vice President Padel USPA

KENNY KURTZMAN, Chief Strategy & People Officer; Tandem Hospital Partners

Mr. Kurtzman is an executive with over thirty years of experience in management consulting, technology, health care, retail and energy industries. He has also led several successful start-ups and growth businesses as CEO or GM of major divisions. His specialties include: strategy, organizational transformation, digital marketing and ecommerce, operations, cultural change, people processes and HR management, marketing and sales, pricing, process redesign in high tech, healthcare, communications, media, energy, retail, consumer goods, engineering and construction industries.

His previous work experience includes Senior Vice President at Hewlett-Packard, Senior Partner at Booz & Company, Managing Partner of the Houston office at Katzenbach Partners, CEO of Ashford.com, Inc., Vice President and General Manager of several divisions of Compaq Computer Corporation, and Principal at McKinsey and Co.

Mr. Kurtzman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics magna cum laude from Rice University, including a fellowship studying Economics from Cambridge University and a Master in Business Administration degree from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

As Chief Strategy and People Officer of Tandem Hospital Partners, Mr. Kurtzman is responsible for strategic planning and market prioritization, including project management services to support the launch of all hospital markets. Mr. Kurtzman is also responsible for all people processes incluiding recruiting, onboarding and training.

Secretary USPA

I am pleased to inform you that Mary Lou Gonzales has accepted the position to join the United States Padel Association as one of our newest board members. 

Mary Lou joins our team with an extensive background in sales, marketing and community service. Her experience and vision will be a great asset to our organization as we strive to further our mission.

Mary Lou Gonzales currently works for the Hotel and Lodging Association of greater Houston as the director of membership and events.  She is an ambassador for the City of Houston in promoting Tourism and Travel.  Mary Lou represents the lodging industry in governmental affairs on a local, state and national level as well as provides updates on issues facing the lodging industry. 

Prior she served as the Director of Sales for the Solomon Ortiz Conference Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Her background in the hospitality industry is derived from working closely with the Convention and Visitor and Bureau throughout Texas.

Mary Lou’s experience extends to the community service aspect as she served on numerous boards. Mary Lou served as the President of the Board for the West Side Business Association, and upon terming out, she was designated as a lifetime board member. Mary Lou also served as a Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (CCHCC) Board of Director for six years. During her two terms, she co-chaired many committees, including the Annual Gala and Education committee. Upon terming out of the CCHCC Board, a scholarship was named in her honor. Mary Lou is a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi, Class XXXVIII and was recognized as a recipient of the “40 under 40” award.

Mary Lou enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis and now her new favorite sport of padel and giving back to her community. Mary Lou is excited to be a part of our board and looks forward to exceeding our mission goals and objectives.