New York City
What is Padel?
AND HOW DO I PLAY?
Padel is a racket sport that originated in Mexico in 1969 and has since grown to over 60 countries, making it the fastest growing sport in the world. It is played in doubles on what is commonly described as a smaller tennis court surrounded by glass. Players have two underhand serves to start the game and from that point can use the walls to keep the ball in play and return the ball to their opponent's half. The ball must bounce on the floor before hitting the opponent's wall, but in the case of the ball having hit your side of the court before your wall, you can then hit the ball directly back onto the wall in order to send it over to your opponent's side.
Padel rackets are solid, don't have strings and are either made of carbon fibre or fibreglass.
The court is 33x66 ft surrounded by glass walls, and a net diving it through the middle.
Padel balls are similar to tennis balls, but are slightly less pressurised.
Padel is scored just like tennis. Best of 3-5 sets, each set being 6 games.