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|Highest governing body||International Padel Federation|
|First played||1969, Acapulco|
Padel (also known as padel tennis) is a racquet sport played extensively in Spain and Hispanic America.
Padel is typically played in doubles on an enclosed court about half the size of a tennis court. Scoring is the same as normal tennis and the balls used are similar but with a little less pressure, the main differences are that the court has walls and the balls can be played off them in a similar way as in the game of squash and that solid, stringless racquets are used. The height of the ball being served must be at or below the waist level. The sport was invented in Acapulco, Mexico, by Enrique Corcuera in 1969. It is currently most popular in Hispanic American countries such as Argentina and Mexico as well as in Spain, although it is now beginning to spread rapidly across Europe and other continents.
Padel Pro Tour (PPT) is the professional Padel Circuit which was created in 2005 as a result of the agreement between a group of organizers of matches of Padel and Association of Professional Players of Pádel (AJPP) and the Spanish Feminine Association of Pádel (AFEP).
The sport's popularity along the Costa del Sol in southern Spain has exposed it to a large number of British visitors, leading to an increased popularity of the sport in the UK and a launch of the UK Padel Federation in 2011.
The US Paddle Association was founded in Chattanooga, TN 1993 and opened two courts in the Chattanooga area. The American Paddle Association was formed in 1995 and built its first courts at a private club in Houston, TX for exhibition games. The first public courts opened in Miami, FL in 2009, and several clubs have opened nearby since then.
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- Players: Played in doubles only.
- Serves: Both 1st and 2nd serves must be underhand.
- Score: Scoring method is the same as in tennis.
- Ball: Very similar to tennis balls. Tennis balls are sometimes used.
- Paddle: Solid with no strings. May be perforated.
- Walls: Walls are used as part of the game.
- Official website of the Padel England Association - For all Padel related information in England and UK
- Official website of the International Padel Federation
- Official website of The Padel Federation (United Kingdom) (English)
- Official website of The Irish Padel Federation (Ireland) (English)
- Official website of the Padel Association of Canada
- Official website of Padel Ireland (Ireland) (English)
- Official website of the German Padel Association (German)