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Padel Tennis

Adapted from tennis, padel tennis or simply ‘padel’ is played games in the United States and Latin America. Padel is a mix of squash and tennis. It is typically played in doubles (4 players) in a court which is about half the size of the standard tennis court. This small-sized court with walls around actually adds a strong emphasis and benefit to net play resulting into the fast and reaction-based game.

The paddle used is simply a solid string-less racquet. The paddle may be perforated. The sport uses a normal tennis ball but with the little less pressure. Similar to in tennis, this small rubber ball is allowed to bounce one time only. Service must be done underhand but points scoring rules are same as that of tennis. If you know playing the racquet games like tennis or squash before, then it will take just few minutes to learn padel. 

This game has spread its wings to many European nations, Arab countries like Egypt and Gulf states including Dubai. Today, local leagues and tournaments of padel tennis are frequently organized in these countries.

The sport was Invented in the 1960’s. Created in 2005, PPT (Padel Pro Tour) is a professional Padel Circuit that results from the agreement of AJPP (Association of Professional Players of Padel), AFEP (Spanish Feminine Association of Pádel) and a group of Padel tournaments organizers.  

The World Padel Tour (WPT) is today’s most important padel circuit started in Spain and now reached the international expansion. Since 1992, Padel Tennis World Championship is an internationally held competition with three years interval.

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