Walls, net, wire mesh: the paddock, a tennis-like sport, is on the rise. There are already professionals, but the fun is also guaranteed for beginners.
The ball flies back and forth, bounces off the wall, and returns to the field before the player chases it through a hole in the boundary line. In this crazy mix of tennis and squash, the excitement is one after another. The new trend sport, the most prominent of which amazes millions of people on social media, is called Padel. The sport is also growing in popularity in Switzerland. But the question “what kind of sport is this?” It is often even brought up on the profile of the official Tiktok account of the World Padel Association. Here are some answers.
Origin: As a result of a dispute between neighbors
In fact, Mexican Enrique Corqueira wanted to build a tennis court on his property in 1969, but it did not have enough space. The work of virtue out of necessity. He had a second wall built against the wall of the house so the balls wouldn’t fly away. He later fenced off the sides of the field as well, as the neighbor complained that balls often fell in his backyard.
So Corqueira inadvertently created a new sport. Two of his friends carried her into the world from Corquera Park. One to Marbella in Spain and the other to Argentina. From there it conquered a large part of Spanish-speaking countries and then spread first in the United States and then in Scandinavia.
Venue: No tennis or squash
The padel court is 20 meters long, slightly shorter than the tennis court and 10 meters wide, which is slightly narrower than the doubles court. The net is lower down than in the parent sport. The field is surrounded by a parapet consisting of walls in the back and part of it on the sides, as in squash. The rest of the field is surrounded by chicken wire. There is an opening on the sides next to the two ends of the net. This allows players to leave the field. This also applies to the ball, which can also be hit over the fence.
Ball and Racquet: Brand New Sports Equipment
The ball is a tennis ball that is slightly softer, which means that it jumps less and slower. The beaters are shorter and have no strings. The striking surface is made of perforated plastic.
The rules: Get out of the field!
The rules of the pool game are based on the rules of tennis: the ball may only touch the ground once and only one player can hit it before it has to cross the net again. It is always played in doubles, and the scoring is the same as in tennis.
Unlike squash, the playing field does not end at the barricade. Players are allowed to hit the ball through the holes near the ends of the net or over the fence. As long as he jumps first on the opponent’s field. Opponents must then attempt to return the ball to the field. As with squash, walls can also be included. For example, paddlers can hit the ball back over the net using the wall.
Prior knowledge: not necessary
Padel can also be quickly learned for tennis and squash enthusiasts and is fun from the first game. Of course, experience from tennis can help with style or tactics, but these are by no means necessary. This is mainly due to the walls, which make the game more unpredictable and thus also represent a whole new element for tennis players. Therefore, newcomers are not at a disadvantage.
Padel in Switzerland: growing popularity
This sport is especially prevalent in western Switzerland, even if the first Swiss course was created in Unterengstringen ZH. Today there are many opportunities to play the exchange around Lake Geneva and around Lake Neuchâtel. But there are also more and more places in and around Basel, Bern, Zurich. This is on a map For the Swiss Association of Padel (Suipa), founded in 2006. 41 places are registered there.
Tournaments are also held in Switzerland, there is also a national rating for players. Tournaments are held primarily in western Switzerland. In addition, the Padel Association has also adapted the popular interclub system of tennis. A total of 38 teams compete against each other in four leagues.
Padel professionals: the Spanish and the Argentines dominate
International best practices for professional sports. First and foremost, the Spanish duo of Alejandro Galan and Juan Lebron for men and Alejandra Salazar and Gemma Triray for women. The world rankings are dominated by Spaniards and Argentines. In the top twenty of each, there is usually one Brazilian and one French.
Prize value: The same for women and men
Under the World Padel Tour Federation, founded in Madrid in 2005, the sport has grown exponentially and gained popularity. More and more tournaments are being held. Most of them are still in Spain, but the professionals are also fighting for victories in Amsterdam, Vienna, Brussels and Miami.
Fame also has a noticeable effect on prize money. Before the start of the 2022 football season, FIFA reported a 180 percent increase in insurance premiums in major leagues. Instead of €25,000 per event, the prize will now be €70,000. Unlike above, the winners will also get the same amount in the future.
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