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When was the padel tennis Invented

When was the padel tennis Invented-Evolution

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Padel is an advanced form of tennis, a source of entertainment, and easy to pick. The evolutionary history of Padel is quite interesting. So, today this article will lighten the historical aspects of padel tennis.

If you are interested in such chronological theories, trust me, this article is specially written for you, so be with us till the end.

When was and who created the Padel?

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Enrique Corcuera created “Paddle Corcuera” in 1969 by incorporating parts of Platform Tennis into his squash court at his home in Acapulco, Mexico. He is credited for creating Padel.

platform tennis:

Tennis rackets were used to play a similar game aboard British cruise ships throughout the 19th century. In the 1910s, “platform tennis”—where paddles were used instead of regular tennis rackets—became popular in Washington and New York.

High encircling fences and wooden floors were added to the courts throughout the following ten years to prevent losing the ball in the winter snow.

Ownership history:

A Mexican, Enrique Corcuera, established the first recognisable court in Acapulco on property he owned in the 1960s. The primary difference was that he enclosed his court with walls and a metal fence that extended up to four meters on all sides to stop the ball from escaping into his neighbour’s property.

He named the activity Paddle Corcuera, and the rest is history.

Why it became an international sport- Reason for popularity

The main driving force behind putting this game internationally was Enrique’s friend, who was a Spanish entrepreneur named,” Alfonso Hohenlohe. He enjoyed a lot playing this game, so he decided to ship it to Spain’s Costa del Sol.

First padel club:

When he constructed the Marbella Club’s first two padel courts in the nation, this introduction hit popularity among a participant in this special club. As more and more clubs constructed their courts, tournaments were soon being organized around the Costa del Sol.

Reason of popularity:

When an Argentine millionaire, Julio Menditangula, 1975, founded padel court and decided to take this to his land, it became highly popular there.

Now in the present times, there are almost more than 20 lac officially approved players in Argentine and more than 10,000 padel courts.

In Spain:

These days in Spain, Padel is highly popular. There are more than 6 lac active players and 20,000 padel courts in European countries.

When did the Padel recognize it as a profession?

  • The International Federation came into being 1991, and Madrid and Seville held their first world championships in 1992.
  • In 1993, the sports council announced the panel as a sport, and its spelling changed from paddle to Padel for pronunciation in a Spanish accent.
  • The first professional world circuit, the Padel Pro circuit, was established in 2005. The World Padel Tour, a circuit that still exists today with competitions hosted worldwide, took over this moniker in 2013.

The first ever played Padel in Britain. 

Dedicated British expats who wanted to participate in the 1992 World Paddle Championships founded the British Paddle Association in 1992.

About 6,000 active Padel players are in the UK as of November 2020. In Britain, there are 45 clubs with 82 padel courts, expected to increase significantly over the next several years.

Development plan

The LTA was officially recognised as the Padel’s national governing organisation in November 2020. As part of its Padel Development Plan, the LTA hopes to have 400 Padel courts operational across the United Kingdom by 2023.



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