What is padel?

Padel Tennis (or just Pádel) is a racquet sport played extensively in Spain, Europe and LatinAmerica. Padel has been linkened to ‘Tennis with walls’.

padel playing usa

The balls used are the same as in Tennis and the scoring is also the same, just with a little less pressure. Therefore, the biggest difference is that the court has glass walls and the balls can be played off them in a similar way as in Squash. The rules allow for the use of the back and sidewalls, resulting in longer rallies. Padel is a great sport for players of all ages and skills, as it is both quick and easy to pick up, and it is less physically demanding than similar sports like Tennis. Most players get the grasp of it within the first 20 minutes of playing and find it easy to achieve a level of proficiency so that they can enjoy it because the game is not as dominated by strength, technique and serve as it happens in Tennis. In fact, the serve in Padel is under-arm. It is considered a family game. Men and women and youth can compete together without physical strength being key to win.

At the present moment Padel is expanding at the USA and it is organized by International Padel Federation (FIP), and already exist an association called The United States Padel Association. In California the California Padel Association.

Padel Court

Padel Court

Padel is typically played in doubles on an enclosed court about half of the size of a Tennis court. It is a sport that combines the best elements of Tennis, Squash and Racquetball.

It has gained tremendous popularity due to its simplicity and similarities to already existing racquet sports.

The balls used are Padel Balls similar as in Tennis and the scoring is also the same. Therefore, the biggest difference is that the court has glass walls and the balls can be played off them in a similar way as in Squash. The rules allow for the use of the back and sidewalls, resulting in longer rallies.

It has proven to be very difficult classifying the sport even though it has always been recognized abroad. Our mission is to promote and develop padel in USA because it is a fun way to exercise and gain physical fitness.

Padel is considered one of the fastest growing sports globally, with approximately 10 million players and 28 Fedartions.

 

4 thoughts on “What is padel?

  1. Avid Paddle Tennis player; ex high school tennis player, former Latin american world cup Racquet ball player.

  2. Keep promoting!! This sport should be taking off across the US (for all ages) and as is typical it seems to be moving a bit slow, or am I mistaken? You watch paddle tennis with it’s 3-5 second rally’s and then you watch padel where the rally’s can be quite long and dymanic and it seems obvious padel would go much further as a sport in the US. Yes, I’m bias 🙂 Well maybe at the average “family” level, strength, technique and serve don’t play a significant role, but as your level increases they definitely become a factor in the game. Just watch the Spanish/Argentinian pros. Thanks for your continuing promotion of the sport!!

  3. Great job promoting padel in the USA. It is a great game and could be very popular if it was better known. I spend a lot time in San Sebastian Spain and know the game well. Padel is more accessible to the novice than tennis. In Spain it is as popular or more so then tennis. Keep up the good work and stick with it. Contact me if you like.

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