Paddel tennis (written as padel) is a racquet sport played throughout Spain and Hispanic America. It is typically played in doubles on a court about half the size of a tennis court. The balls used and the scoring is the same as normal tennis. The biggest difference is that the court has walls and the balls can be played off them in a similar way as in the game of squash. In essence it is a hybrid between tennis and squash and paddel in Cadiz is quite popular.
Paddel is a popular sport amongst the locals in Cadiz and the local council sports centres that are dotted around the city, as well as the private ones, provide paddel courts all year round.
The 'Real Club de Tenis', for example, on Doctor Gómez Ulla avenue provides 2 paddel courts with perimeter walls which are taller than the tennis courts. The tennis courts are complete with bleachers for spectators. There is also a bar and box seat available. To use these facilities membership is required to the local council which means applying for a card. The card requires that you have bank account, formal identification and a valid address in Spain.
The sport was invented in Acapulco, Mexico, by Enrique Corcuera in 1969. It is currently the most popular sport in Argentina, Mexico and some other South American countries and in Europe mainly in Spain. Recently it has begun to spread rapidly across Europe and other continents. The sport's huge popularity along the Costa del Sol in southern Spain has exposed it to a large number of British tourists, residents and holiday-makers and this is one of the reasons it is beginning to become popular in the UK.
So much so that Padel has recently been launched in the UK - a group of private investors have managed to get together and properly launch the sport in 2011 after many other unsuccessful attempts from others. It has proven to be very difficult classifying the sport even though it has always been recognized abroad. Padel is also taking off in the USA. The first courts were built in Houston. TX. The sport then continued its growth in Miami. FL where several clubs have opened in recent years. The first club of the west coast is expected to open its doors in the summer of 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
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