This new tennis variant is conquering the world and also the Netherlands. It looks like a mix of squash and tennis. It is already one of the fastest growing sports in the world and Spain is leading the way! In Spain padel is the second sport after football.
If you come to Spain, then you have probably seen the padel courts. Its size is a third of a tennis court and the walls are glass. The ball can bounce off any wall but can only hit the ground once before being returned. Similar to tennis.
The padel racket is short, without wire but with holes in the surface. You use a low compression tennis ball and you always serve underhand.
Padel is a sport that combines action with fun and social interaction. It’s a great sport for players of all ages and abilities because it’s both quick and easy to learn. Most players learn the basics within the first half hour of playing so they can quickly enjoy the game.
Padel is not as dominated by strength and technique as tennis and is therefore an ideal game for men, women and young people to play together. An important skill is competition smarts, as points are gained through strategy and tactics rather than pure strength and technique.