Padel, a sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and squash, is quickly gaining popularity globally. Its compact court, low walls, and fast-paced gameplay make it a unique and exciting experience for players of all skill levels. In this article, we’ll dive into the world of padel and explore what makes it such a thrilling sport.
The basics of padel
Padel is played with two players on a court that measures 20×10 meters, using a low net of 1.07 meters. The walls of the court are made of glass or transparent materials and stand 1.5 meters tall, providing players with an extra dimension to the sport. The rules of padel are similar to tennis but with a few important differences, such as the “let” and “no-let” rules. These rules, along with the smaller court size and lower walls, create a fast-paced and challenging game that requires speed, agility, and endurance.
Strategic and tactical gameplay
One of the key features of padel is the use of walls in the game. The walls provide an extra dimension to the sport, allowing for shots that would be impossible in tennis. Players can use the walls to their advantage by hitting angled shots and playing off the rebound. This makes padel a much more strategic and tactical sport than tennis. Players must be able to quickly cover the court and hit shots with power and accuracy, making for an intense and physically demanding game.
In recent years, padel has gained a huge following, particularly in Europe and South America. Major padel tournaments are now held around the world, with top players from Spain, Argentina, and Mexico leading the way. With its fast-paced, high-energy gameplay, it is no wonder that padel is becoming one of the most popular sports in the world.
Playtomic: the app for padel enthusiasts
Digital nomads in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria can now join the padel craze by participating in matches shared on the app Playtomic. This app not only helps you find players to play with but also tracks your score, keeps track of your stats, and allows you to find local courts to play on. It’s a convenient way for digital nomads to stay active and connect with other padel enthusiasts in the area.
Play padel with other digital nomads
In Slack you’ll find a dedicated channel to padel (including other racket sports like tennis, tabletennis, squash and beachtennies) in which community members usually share their matches and are looking for players!
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