The International Padel Federation (FIP) reports that as of 2023, there are over 25 million active players in more than

What is Padel?

Padel is a fun, easy-to-play, and highly social sport that combines elements of squash and tennis. Since it is not a power game, it may be played in groups of varying ages and skill levels on an enclosed court that is two thirds the size of a tennis court. It is primarily played in a doubles configuration.
Although you serve underhand and the walls are used in the game, allowing the ball to bounce off them, the rules and scoring are essentially the same as in tennis.
More than six million people play padel in Spain, making it one of the sports with the fastest rate of growth in continental Europe in recent years.

Because the ball strikes near to the hand and body, it’s an easy game for players of all ages and skill levels.
It is rewarding at every level and has a quick learning curve with little focus on power and technical proficiency.
Play is continuous on a smaller enclosed court, so you are never “ball collecting.”
It is incredibly social when played as doubles and is reasonably priced for four players.
fantastic aerobic workout
Padel is always enjoyable and addictive.

Padel tennis is exclusively played as doubles, or two against two, in competition. One against one play is also permitted for training. A rectangular area with dimensions of ten metres wide by twenty metres long, the padel court is often covered in artificial grass. Halfway down the court’s length, a net separates the two sides, just like in tennis. Similar to squash, the court is encircled by walls that are three to four metres high on all sides and may be part of the rally.

A serve “from below” initiates the contest. The ball may only make one contact with the earth. Although volleyballs are permitted, the ball may also bounce off one or more side walls after landing on the court. continued to play. This frequently leads to protracted, thrilling rallies that are a lot of fun. In padel, one rarely witnesses dull baseline duels; instead, one often witnesses serves and volleys, lobs, smashes, and amazing ball changes.

Where Was Padel Invented?

Corcuera allegedly constructed a smaller version that fit exactly half of a tennis double court on his estate because he lacked the necessary space. He also modified the game’s rules to account for the smaller court, delighting friends and acquaintances with his new pastime.

Padel has already made a name for itself as a very well-liked, competitive sport in several Central and South American nations. The triumphant march of Padel tennis to Europe began in South America. To Spain and Portugal first, followed by France, Italy, and Sweden. Padel is Belgium and the Netherlands are also seeing a growth.

Fans and Padel Tennis Boom
Fans and Padel Tennis Boom

For a while now, padel has been the sport with the quickest rate of growth worldwide. Padel is currently the second most popular sport in Spain, behind football. Padel courts are available at publicly run sports centres, some of which contain more than 25 padel courts, and in the many municipal multi-sport facilities. Long ago, a lot of hotel complexes and tennis clubs realised how appealing padel was, so they included it to their menu of sports. There are more than five million players in Spain alone.

Jürgen Klopp, the coach of the Liverpool Football Club, is, incidentally, one of the most well-known padel players. When he first encountered padel a few years back, he was instantly enamored with it. coordinating the setup of two courts at the training facility of his team.

Equipment for Padel

Padel rackets have an elastic surface with perforations and are stingless. Like all sports, prices range from around £60 for a beginner racket to between £80 and £120 for an excellent option for club quality players. The Game 4 Padel Shop sells rackets, and Broxbourne Padel Club members can purchase starter bundles (see the membership page).

Equipment for Padel

Additionally, rackets will be for rent from the bar at the Broxbourne Sports Club. Please arrive early to your scheduled court or group session so that you have time to pick up your racket.

Low compression tennis balls are utilised. These can be purchased from the bar at the Broxbourne Sports Club.

Rules of Padel

Although there are many distinctions between the two games, Padel and tennis use the same scoring system. Similar to squash, shots can be played off the walls of a Padel court. In contrast to tennis, a ball that is served must first bounce once on the ground before being struck from below, or at waist height. Players have two chances to hit into an opponent’s box when they are serving. During a rally, players are still allowed to volley the ball, but if it strikes a wall straight, it is ruled “out.” Similar to squash, players in padel can bounce the ball off a wall on their own half of the court. Similar to tennis, a side wins a set if they win six games and there are at least two games to one; if not, a tie-break determines the set. Games are best-of-three sets affairs.


Standing behind the service queue, serve diagonally. The returner is free to stand anywhere. Like in tennis, there are two serves.

The ball must be bounced by the server before being struck below the waist. The server’s feet are not allowed to touch or cross the service line while serving, and they must remain on the ground with at least one foot planted.

Before the returner hits the ball, it must bounce in the service box across from it.

It is defective if it bounces in the box, strikes the wire mesh fencing and then crosses the service line (on the returner’s side).

Unless the ball contacts the wire mesh fence before to the second bounce, it is a let if it strikes the net and bounces inside the box.


Before the ball hits a wall, it must first bounce on the opponent’s side of the ground.

Players (except from the service return) may volley rather than allow it to bounce.

After the ball has bounced on glass or mesh (on their side), players can strike it to send it back over the net.

To return the ball, players may strike it against the glass (back or side wall) on their side. They might not be able to hit the ball against their side’s mesh.

Similar to a game of tennis, the ball can only be hit and bounced once on your side.

Interesting Investment Opportunities

Since padel courts allow for the fitting of two courts on one surface, a commercial tennis venue can consolidate its turnover and very likely expand it greatly. This also applies to a tennis club’s membership count. Tennis is typically played in pairs. Conversely, pedal is only ever played in fours. Instead of two people playing tennis on the same space after one tennis court is divided into two, or even three, padel courts, eight to twelve people play padel. In this manner, a much higher turnover may be produced in a timely manner. Padel courts typically have floodlights installed as well, allowing for later nighttime play sessions.

The funding sources for Similar to tennis courts, padel courts offer court rentals, instruction, competitions, equipment sales, and sponsors. Nonetheless, there is more advertising space available because the padel court’s exterior sections can also be rented out for commercial purposes. Sponsors find it easier, after all, if their ads are seen.


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