What is Padel Tennis?
“What is Padel Tennis?”
A common question asked by friends or people I meet for the first time.
Padel is a rapidly growing sport across Europe.
With over 20 million players worldwide, it is surprising and 99% of people in the UK probably won’t have heard of it.
Why is this?
Well the sport originated in Mexico, and is huge in Spain and South America, however only 6,000 players in the UK.
But what is padel tennis?
A fun, social racket sport for all abilities and ages.
Padel is played on an enclosed court about a third of the size of a tennis court.
The rules are the same as tennis, played with similar balls, although serving is under-hand and the walls are used as part of the game.
As a coach myself, I can tell you for a fact that this sport is SO much fun. I don’t think I have ever had someone walk away from it not enjoying it.
I think this is because the sport is easy for all types of players, if you have never done a racket sport, then this is the one for you.
However, this sport is a challenge to master!
f you have played tennis or squash, you will have an advantage initially, however down the line of your journey, you may find you have bad habits that need to be fixed.
Padel or Paddle?
The sport is often misspelled as paddle, which is wrong, in fact, paddle is a different sport completely!
The correct Spanish spelling is Padel. Pronounced (pad) (el).
Paddle tennis has been rebranded as pop tennis in 2015, to avoid confusion, clearly, this didn’t work…
Here is a useful article of paddle vs padel, a great read.
Where Can I Play padel Tennis?
It is likely that if you are reading this you are from the UK, and thats why people struggle to know where to play padel.
Have a look online for and on the LTA website to find a court near you! If you ever go to Spain you wont have trouble finding one, they are everywhere!
The LTA website is a great source to visit to. It will give you more information all about padel!
Who Can Play?
People usually ask me “what is padel tennis? who can play?” usually they think that it is only for athletic people in good shape, but this isn’t true.
Padel is great for all ages; it’s not power dominant and caters to ALL levels of play.
With limited racket skills players can quickly engage in dynamic and fun rallies, using the court’s surroundings.
The sport is always played in doubles, which makes it a very social activity and therefore ideal for the entire family.
It is less physically demanding than other sports, some of the professional players are over 40 years of age!
This is great because you can play the sport at a high level for a very long time!
Padel is NOT a power game compared to tennis and squash, which means women can easily play against men a lot more competitively compared to the other sports.
I would recommend young people get involved with this sport as it can help them a lot. Here is an article about this.
padel Rules (video)
Scoring is the same as tennis and is easy to pick up.
The ball must bounce on the ground before it hits any of the surrounding walls, however players can volley and smash the ball.
The lines are only used for the serve and then the ball can land anywhere in the court.
The ball can bounce and hit the fence/cage, however not on a serve. For the serve it is under arm and has to bounce inside the box that is outlined on the court.
There are also situations where a. player can run outside the court and play it back in. Yes, you read that correctly.
Have a look at some videos on youtube of this, just type in “world padel tour”
Here is a video of the rules to help answer “what is padel tennis”.
Overall padel is a fast growing racket sport that I would recommend to anyone.
It is fun, social and I predict that it will be HUGE in the UK in 5-10 years. Hopefully just as big as it is in Spain.
Hope you enjoyed reading, and now know the answer to “what is padel tennis”
“What is Padel Tennis?” – Ewan Ramsden
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