Padel has its origins on a not so popular variant of enclosed Tennis called Platform Tennis
Enrique Corcuera in 1969 decided to adapt his Squash court at his home in Acapulco (Mexico) with elements of Platform Tennis creating what he called “Paddle Corcuera“. He is considered the inventor of Padel.
Enrique’s Spanish friend Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg tried this new invention at Enrique’s home and instantly felt in love. Immediately after, he decided to create the first two Padel courts in a Tennis club in Marbella (Spain), this was 1974.
Nevertheless Alfonso included few modifications from Enrique’s original designs to make it more competitive, being this the first of many iterations Padel will have in the following 20 years in Spain.
In the meantime in 1975, Julio Menditeguy an Argentinian member of Alfonso’s Tennis club in Marbella felt the same passion and decided to import the sport to Argentina.
In the professional sphere, World Padel Series was founded in 2013 as the most important, prestigious and professional Padel Championship worldwide in replacement of Padel Pro Tour gathering the Padel elite around the world, the equivalent of ATP & WTA for Tennis.
This new Championship since 2014 has included Tournaments outside Spanish geography and traveled to Andorra, Argentina, Monaco, Portugal, United States and United Arab Emirates.
World Padel Series is currently holding the international ranking of best male and female players. It consists of 15-20 tournaments per year plus a final Master Series by end of every season.
How To Play
Padel is usually played in doubles. Just like tennis, padel is played on a pitch that is divided by a net, the difference being that in padel, the player also uses the walls, as in squash. A regular padel pitch is 10 x 20 m and is surrounded by walls. On this type of pitch, games are always played in doubles
Padel is a simple sport that does not require multiple accessories. In principle, it requires a partner, two rackets and a ball. A padel racket is made of a composite material and the playing surface is covered in small holes. As a result, the strokes are less powerful and dynamic. Padel rackets come in three different shapes: round, drop-shaped and diamond-shaped. Since it offers the best control, the round padel racket is considered to be the most suitable for the majority of players, from beginner to competition level. The round racket is usually referred to as the control racket. The ball used to play padel is similar to a tennis ball, only slightly softer.
To a large extent, the rules of padel are the same as in tennis, except that in padel, you serve by bouncing the ball on the ground and below hip height. In addition, special rules apply with regards to the walls. A padel match is most often the best of three or five sets, with a set being the first side to win six games.
In Padel, You Score Points If
● The ball bounces on the ground twice on the opponent’s side
● The opponent hits the ball into the net
● The opponent hits the ball outside the play area, i.e. outside of the cage or against one of your walls
● The opponent hits the ball into their own grid
● An opponent is hit by the ball.