What is padel or pádel? What is Padel Tennis?
Actually, padel, pádel or padel tennis is quite easy to describe: Padel is basically a mixture of tennis and squash.
This is why padel is often referred to as padel tennis. However, we (padel players) prefer to speak only of padel, or the Spaniards of pádel! Because padel is an independent backstroke sport that has many elements that do not exist in other sports.
Padel originated in Mexico and is the popular sport par excellence in Spanish-speaking countries (read more about the history of padel here). In Europe, padel is most popular in Spain, but countries like Portugal and especially Italy are catching up fast. Padel Boom in Italy).
Above all, padel is easy to learn and fun from the start. Even newcomers who are on the padel court for the first time can play their first padel match after about 30-45 minutes. Just ask a padel trainer or experienced padel player to help and coach you. Then it really goes very quickly!
Paddle sports are very dynamic and have an almost infinite number of stroke combinations and positional play. That sounds complicated, doesn't it? But it's not! It just shows that even the most professional players are constantly learning and never get bored.
Since padel is always played in doubles (i.e. with 4 players on the court) and the padel court is only 20x10m, everything is a bit closer, more emotional and more communicative than in tennis, for example. Fetching balls is also almost completely unnecessary, as there is a plexiglass covering around the court.
What are the advantages of padel?
- Padel has more long rallies and many more ball contacts than other backstroke sports
- In padel, tactics and cleverness bring more than pure athleticism
- Padel is much quicker/easier to learn than tennis and squash
- Padel is suitable for people of all ages and genders
By the way, there are hardly ever any injuries in padel tennis - provided you warm up a bit beforehand, as with any sport.
How do you play padel?
Padel is played in doubles, as already mentioned. The padel court is not entirely dissimilar to a tennis court, but only about half the size. The padel court is bordered by plexiglass walls, some of which have a grid attached. You can see this well on the photo:
The padel rules are almost identical to the tennis rules. However, there are two major differences:
- The serve is played from below (in other words, the ball must not be played above the hips) and thus shows the rather defensive character of padel.
- The plexiglass walls are intensively included in the padel game. So you can still play the ball after it has touched the wall (if the ball was on the floor before) and you are also allowed to play the padel ball over the wall or walls (yes, even two walls are possible and allowed!).
Want to learn more about padel?
Okay, here we go: