More than 70,000 affected by the other “pandemic” affecting Spain

Padel fever

Every year, more and more new pandemic sufferers take up the sport, getting hooked and falling into a fever that has little chance of recovery.

When, in 2020, mobility began to be made available for sports, paddle tennis clubs began to overflow with players who couldn’t wait any longer. Today, this streak continues and you have to book a court several days in advance to be able to reserve a court on the Costa del Sol.

“But not only when it reopened, but right now almost all the clubs are full”.

Ramón Morcillo, President of the Spanish Padel Federation (FEP)

Padel surpassed tennis in terms of number of federation registrations in 2019 and seems to be close to surpassing football itself in terms of participants.

Graph of the federation licenses

It has been many years since padel started to be played in our country, and it has come to stay, take root, grow and spread like a pandemic throughout Europe. Our country is becoming a reference for the countries where padel is becoming a sport, and what is the reason why this sport engages more and more people every year?

“I don’t want to say it’s easy to do, but you have fun right away if you find a group at your level. Unlike other sports, it engages the whole family, from the youngest to the oldest. At 56 I don’t see myself playing football, but I do see myself playing padel”.

Ramón Morcillo, President of the Spanish Padel Federation (FEP)

According to the federation’s president, this is because in other sports, you have to practice for a long time before you can start having fun.

We’ve all seen the tennis schools with students hitting drive after drive, backhand after backhand. Then we go to a match and our opponent has a good serve and gives us a hard time instead of having fun with the sport.

Padel, on the other hand, is more of a game than a sport. It is not the most physically fit player who wins, but your skill, ability and strategy play a much more important role than your physique. For this reason it is a game that at low and intermediate levels, equals men, women, old, young, boys and girls.

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