Padel Tennis Court is one of Europe’s fastest growing grassroots sports. It’s a fun and social game where strategy is more important than strength and power. It’s also not as dominated by the serve and backhand as tennis and therefore more accessible to people of all ages and levels of experience.
Developed in 1969 in Mexico by Enrique Corcuera, padel was inspired by the combination of Tennis and Racketball (or Racquetball). It quickly gained popularity in the Latin American countries and later in Spain. The game takes place on a field smaller than a regular Tennis court and the walls/fence of the enclosed courts are firmly part of the gameplay, adding an extra dimension to the game.
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Indoor padel courts typically have a combination of perspex glass and wire mesh panels for the walls. The height of the wall panels is usually between 4 and 4.5 meters, while the net in the center of the playing field should be at a maximum height of 88 cm in the center and 92 cm on both sides. The field is divided by a line in the middle and another line three meters from the back wall determines the service area.
Just like Tennis, padel is played in teams of two and the aim is to hit the ball over the net into the opponent’s court by hitting it with the racquet. To make the ball go over the net, players must hit it onto a wall without letting it bounce first. There are several rules governing this, such as designated scoring zones on the walls or the fact that you can only hit the wall directly after it has crossed the net but before it bounces for the first time.