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Padel tennis, often simply referred to as "Padel," is a racquet sport that combines elements of tennis and squash. It is typically played in doubles on a small, enclosed court about one-third the size of a tennis court. Padel has gained popularity in recent years, particularly in Spain and other European countries, and is also growing in popularity in some parts of the United States and other regions.
All started from Enrique Corcuera, a wealthy man who loved tennis but lacked the space to build a proper court on his property, invented Padel in the late 1960s in the warm city of Acapulco, Mexico. Learn more...

The international growth of Padel Tennis around the world – How many padel courts are there?
Padel tennis is booming in popularity as a participation sport! According to the FIP, padel is now played in more than 100 nations and there are exactly 50 national padel federations. If padel is in demand, the rate of growth varies by nation. In the UK, the June 2022 issue of Gentleman's Quarterly stated that "padel is set to be the biggest fitness trend of the summer."

Its popularity has skyrocketed recently, making it the racket sport with the fastest global growth. Padel has gained popularity among celebrities including David Beckham, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Sylvain Wiltord, and Neymar. Even Liverpool Football Club manager Jurgen Klopp gave in and had courts built at their practice facility.

Here are some key characteristics and rules of Padel tennis:

  1.  Court: Padel tennis is played on a rectangular court with glass or wire mesh walls on all sides, similar to a squash court but larger. The court dimensions are approximately 20 meters in length and 10 meters in width.
  2.  Scoring: Padel tennis uses the same scoring system as tennis, with points counted as 15, 30, 40, and game. However, Padel tennis typically uses no-ad scoring, meaning that if the game score reaches 40-40 (deuce), the next point won by a team will decide the game.
  3. Serve: The serve is performed underhand, with the server hitting the ball diagonally into the opponent's service box, similar to tennis. The ball must bounce on the serving side and then on the receiving side before the point continues.
  4. Play: Padel tennis is typically played in doubles, with each team consisting of two players. The ball can be played off the walls, adding an element of strategy and unpredictability to the game. The walls are considered part of the game, so the ball can bounce off them at any time during a point.
  5. Let: If the ball hits the net during a serve and lands in the correct service box, it's called a "let," and the serve is retaken. There is no limit to the number of lets allowed.
  6. Faults: Faults in Padel tennis include hitting the ball out of bounds, failing to clear the net, stepping into the wrong service box during a serve, or committing other rule violations.
  7. Equipment: Players use solid paddles, often made of composite materials, to hit the ball. The ball used in Padel tennis is similar to a tennis ball but with lower pressure, making it less lively.
  8. Winning: To win a set, a team must typically win at least six games with a margin of two games. If the set score reaches 6-6, a tiebreaker is usually played to decide the set.
    Padel tennis is known for its social and recreational aspects, making it a fun sport for players of all skill levels. It requires less physical stamina than tennis but involves quick reflexes, strategy, and teamwork. The enclosed courts and wall play also add unique challenges and excitement to the game.
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