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