History

It was played with wooden pallets and was called paddle tennis

The beginnings

En 1974 Alfonso de Hohenlohe viaja a Méjico invitado por su amigo Enrique Corcuera. En su estancia se interesa por la práctica de un nuevo deporte que recientemente había creado su amigo, incorporando a un frontón otra pared opuesta de unos 3 metros de altura, colocando una red en el medio y cerrado los costados de dicha pista con una malla metálica. Se Jugaba con paletas de madera y recibía el nombre de Paddle-Tenis.

His enthusiasm for this new sport was immediate, as Alfonso Hohenlole, on his return to Spain, and after studying and perfecting some details of the track and rules, built the first two courts of Spain at the Marbella Club. Thus he began to promote the Paddle among his friends of “jet-set”..

His success in the sport soon attracted leading figures of tennis as Manolo Santana, who began organizing tournaments and spread the paddle on the Costa del Sol, where many clubs began to build their own tracks. HISTORY In 1975, a great friend of Alfonso de Hohenlohe, and regular visitor to Marbella, the Argentine millionaire July Menditegui witness the success of Padel, and choose to import the sport to Argentina, where in a few years he won an unprecedented boom becoming the second most popular sport.

The paddle has spread to other countries like Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Paraguay, etc. with many fans. This influence has also reached North America. In Spain, the paddle begins to expand to large cities and sports clubs of Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Andalusia, Galicia and the Basque Country.

On July 25, 1991, it constitutes in Madrid the International Federation of Padel whose presidency falls in Spanish, Artiach Julio Alegria, who was commissioned to create a circuit of international meetings and International specify a regulation game.

In May 1993, the Padel took a decisive step for consolidation: the Sports Council agreed recognition as sport. A year later, the constitution of the Spanish Association of Padel, registered in the Register of Associations Sports of the Sports Council is approved.

Regionally, it is founded in January 1992, the Madrid Association of Padel, today registered in the Register of Sports Associations of the Community of Madrid Directorate General of Sports. This is not the only autonomous community have been initiatives of this kind: in Catalonia, Basque Country, Galicia, Andalucia and Extremadura Regional Chapters exist.

Since 1993 they held in Spain (Madrid) International Championships of Spain in the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, with the presence of the best players in the world. This tournament has become the most important internationally, both for its quality and the amount of the awards.

With more than 8 million players worldwide, the Padel part of the most dynamic in terms of sports development. Padel is played today in Spain, France, Italy, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Uruguay, Australia, Austria, United States and Canada.

Germany, England and Switzerland were incorporated from 2005 to the International Federation of Padel to participate in international tournaments.

Spain and Argentina are unquestionably the leading countries in this sport with more than 5.5 million players. France now totals more than 4000 players practicing Padel on about 70 outdoor courts, mostly in the south of France.

Studies on the development of Padel are:

35% of players are under 18
48% of players between 19 and 45 years
38% of the players are women

Spielregeln

El padel es un deporte que se practica en una superficie de 20 metros de largo por 10 metros de fondo, que esta separado por su mitad, con una red, igual que en el tenis. El padel se puede practicar al aire libre o dentro de un pabellón. El terreno de juego se divide igual que una pista de tenis, con la diferencia que las paredes traseras y una parte de las paredes laterales están construidas con cristal o muro de 3 metros de alto. El resto de la estructura esta construida con una malla metálica rígida, dejando todo el perímetro del campo acotado.

La gran diferencia con el tenis es que las paredes traseras y laterales de la pista se utilizan como superficiE de juego. Igual que en el tenis el jugador tiene dos saques, eso si, en los saques y después de botar la pelota en el suelo, la pelota no puede ser golpeada por encima de la cintura del jugador. Una vez la pelota esta en juego, se puede utilizar las paredes golpeando directamente en la(s) pared(es) o jugar la pelota a la vuelta del bote desde la pared. Con el bote de la pelota en las paredes, la pelota esta mas tiempo en juego, eso produce que los intercambios suelen durar mas tiempo. En este juego o deporte, los reflejos y el toque son habitualmente mas importante que la fuerza o la velocidad.

El juego y el sistema de puntuación se desarrolla igual que un partido de doble en el tenis. El padel es un deporte que puede ser practicado igual por niños o adultos, es un juego divertido y social donde las mujeres y hombres pueden jugar juntos. El padel aporta a jóvenes o a no tan jóvenes, una alternativa interesante de praticar nuevos deportes. Los jugadores o jugadoras pueden participar en competiciones con el fin de reafirmase.

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