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About Padel

The game is virtually unknown in England, but is simply massive in Spain, where there are 8,000 courts and over three million registered amateur players. It is a cross between tennis and squash, played with a tennis ball and carbon bats across a standard tennis net in a 20 x 10 metre wire cage with back walls made of toughened glass. Balls can be taken on the volley or after one contact with the floor (and any number of vertical surfaces including the back wall, as in squash). It is always played as doubles (it can, technically, be played as singles but it just doesn’t work, and nobody does it). The scoring is exactly the same as in tennis. What makes the game so interesting is that any ball driven direct into any vertical surface before hitting the floor will automatically lose the rally for the striker, so control of length is crucial.

The game has innumerable advantages. It is easier to pick up than squash, since the ball has a decent bounce, but also easier than tennis, in that the bat is much easier to handle than a tennis racket and there are many more chances to get at the ball in the smaller, enclosed court. All squash and tennis players pick it up instantly, and even non racket-players are very soon having rallies. Games are FUN – the rallies are full of surprises, and four people on a padel court are guaranteed to be having a good time (and showing it!). It is also a perfect way to start young children on hand-eye coordination and racket sport in general.

As of early 2018 Weybridge is one of ten padel facilities in the general London area, with several more in the pipeline. The British Padel Tour, now well established, offers cash prizes and ranking points, with regular Gold, Silver, and Bronze tournaments catering for all levels - Jamie Murray is an enthusiastic supporter of the game and has played in BPT events. Our senior players struggle as yet on the world stage against the might of Spain and Argentina, but finished a creditable 8th in the last World Championships (2016), and our Junior team finished an amazing 3rd in Mexico in 2015. At the very pinnacle of the game the professional Padel World Tour takes in Spain, Portugal, Monte Carlo, Dubai and Argentina, playing to packed houses.

There are innumerable amazing clips on uTube which will give you the flavour of the game – just put something like Amazing Padel Rallies into Google and sit back in admiration!

Now come to Weybridge and try it for yourself  - we can guarantee you’ll go away with a smile on your face!

 

 

 
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