What is padel?
Padel is a form of tennis that is easy to play, fun and extremely sociable. It is played mainly in a doubles format on an enclosed court about a third of the size of a tennis court and can be played in groups of mixed ages and abilities, as it is not power dominant. The rules are broadly the same as tennis, although you serve underhand and the walls are used as part of the game with the ball allowed to bounce off them. One of the fastest growing sports across continental Europe, padel has gained increasing popularity over recent years, with over six million people currently playing in Spain.
Where can I play padel in Britain?
As of November 2021 there are around 89,000 active padel players across Britain. There are also currently 150 padel courts at 66 venues – a number that is set to grow substantially over the coming years.
For enquiries relating to Padel in Essex please get in touch with our Essex Tennis Padel Officer, Colin Duncan by completing the Contact Form at the foot of the page and he will get back to you
The LTA are the Governing Body of Padel Tennis in the UK
County Associations are developing playing and competitive opportunities throughout the country—the following information gives a futher useful overview of Padel. For information about construction please go to the relevant section of our facilities document’ on this website.
Padel Tennis in outline
Compared to tennis, the court is smaller and has no doubles lines, and the net is lower. Paddle tennis is played with a solid paddle as opposed to a strung racquet, and a depressurised tennis ball is used. The same court is used for both singles and doubles, with doubles being the dominant form of play. Scoring is the same as normal tennis.
The difference between Padel and Tennis
If you want to be confused?! 😕😔
When you are chatting to friends/others who live in different parts of the world 🌍 there is often confusion because:
Padel, paddle tennis and platform tennis are three similar but different sports
To make things even more confusing, platform tennis is often called “paddle tennis” by its players and sometimes only “paddle”.
Court Dimension detail and specifications [UK]
YouTube Padel Demonstration
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