Padel - The Sport with the Fun Factor
Padel is a type of racquet sport that impresses with its simplicity, sociability and extremely high fun factor.
Anyone can play padel - whether you’re small, tall, young or old - padel brings everyone together for sporting fun. The stroke technique is simple to explain and easy to learn. It's no wonder that padel is the second-most popular sport in Spain after football. In addition to being ideal for beginners, padel offers variety and fun for experienced players due to its varied game elements.
The Origin of Padel
Padel is a sport that originated in Mexico. There, in Acapulco in 1969, the first padel court was built on the property of Don Enrique Corcuera quite by accident. Due to a lack of space, a court was built smaller than intended. Thus, the new court size was transformed, and the existing walls were included in the ball exchange during rallies. This new way of playing tennis quickly delighted friends and acquaintances of Don Enrique Corcuera.
Within a few years, the Spanish Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe had two padel courts built in Marbella.
Padel soon established itself as an extremely popular sport in Spain, and its popularity grew in Central and South American countries. In the past five years, padel has gained popularity beyond Spain and into Europe. It’s currently the fastest growing racquet sport in the world.
Now, it's time to ignite enthusiasm for padel and establish it as a sport in Germany and Austria.
What is Padel?
Padel is played with a short, unstrung racquet on a padel court with a field area of 20x10m. This is divided into two halves of play by a net, similar to tennis, and is surrounded by a wall, which is included in the game, like squash. The easy entry into the sport of padel is mainly due to the carbon fibre racquets, which facilitate learning the hitting technique quickly.
Padel is a team sport with four players, divided into teams of two on each side of the net.
How do you actually play padel?
The difference between tennis, squash and padel
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