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.
The LTA has a whole host of resources to help explain the benefits of padel. They also have key information on padel coaching, padel ratings and competition. Visit the LTA's page on padel HERE.
SURREY PADEL FORUM
In February 2021 we hosted a club forum dedicated to padel. The speaker is Mark Ayres, Chairman of Epsom LTC, a club that has embraced padel. Watch the forum below.