Padel (pronounced pad-del) is a racquet sport that was invented in Mexico and enjoys huge popularity in Spain, Europe and Latin America. It is estimated that padel is played by over 10 million people around the world, yet most Canadians have never even heard of it!
Padel combines all the best elements of tennis, squash and badminton in an enclosed space that is slightly smaller than a regular tennis court. It is played with an unique, fat, foam-filled padel and regular, everyday tennis balls. You always play Padel as a doubles team and the scoring is the same as in tennis but the balls can bounce off the back and side walls allowing for unexpected, wild and exciting rallies.
Padel originated in Acapulco, Mexico in 1969. Enrique Corcuera, a Mexican industrialist in search of a less strenuous family-oriented racquet game, altered tennis court dimensions, rules and the racquet to create the new sport.