PADEL IN FRANCE: RULES, POPULARITY AND PLACES TO PLAY
WHAT IS PADEL?
Padel is a racket sport that is played in doubles on a 20×10 metre court. Players are separated by a net and surrounded by glazed walls, 4 metres at the back of the court and 3 metres on the sides. The glazing always sends the ball back and allows players to send it back, which significantly increases effective playing time. Two winning sets are needed and points are counted in the same way as in tennis, with the same services.
A HYBRID SPORT FROM MEXICO AND SPAIN
Padel was invented in 1974 by Enrique Corcuera in Mexico. This amateur tennis player is said to have added walls to his court to isolate it from vegetation and to avoid constantly having to chase after balls. He then discovered a new way to play, using the walls to rebound. He then created rackets and specific rules for the game he invented.
Padel rackets are smaller than tennis rackets and have no strings. The soft racket surface (FOAM or E.V.A. rubber) is perforated. Padel balls, although visually similar to tennis balls, are actually softer and smaller.
The sport then quickly arrived in Spain thanks to Enrique Corcuera’s friends who were won over by the game. If the evolution of the number of players was slow at first, everything began speeding up in the 2000s and the popularity of paddle ball exploded. Currently the International Padel Federation has 300,000 licensees and over 12,000,000 active players worldwide!
PADEL, A FUN SPORT ACCESSIBLE TO ALL
Mid-way between squash and tennis, padel is a racket sport that is increasingly popular, with around 50,000 players today. Why is it popular? The very playful aspect of this sport, the simplicity of the game which leaves great freedom on the court, and its accessibility to beginners.
In padel, even newbie players can have long exchanges. The walls, the shorter court, and the service that starts the match make the games more fun and more rhythmic.
Although accessible to all, padel is also a technical sport which offers great freedom of play and a variety of shots thanks to the possible rebounds off the windows. Bandeja, sliced smash, lifted smash, return, lob: no risk of getting bored during a padel match, the different shots just keep coming. Exchanges therefore quickly become very spectacular!
PADEL HALLS AND COURTS: FEATURES AND LAYOUT
Since its arrival in France, padel has been in the news all the time and the construction of padel courts is increasing all over France. Demand is high and the number of players is constantly increasing, so we must give everyone the means to play.
Today there are two types of padel courts: indoor courts and outdoor courts.
Covered padel courts have the advantage of providing a place to play regardless of the weather.
To play in the best conditions, weather is not the only factor to take into account. For a padel court, the best height is 8 metres to stop the ball from touching the ceiling after a lob.
Controlled temperature, pleasant luminosity, limited echo, ideal height, ecological exemplariness: today, SMC2 padel court constructions are at the cutting edge of technology for unequalled playing comfort. Feel free to request a quote online for your padel court construction project.