Why Padel is the Next “IT” Sport
Fun, fast, and addictive. That’s what Padel (pronounced “pa-DEL”) is and it’s taking hold in North America. Easy to learn, Padel is a hybrid game of squash and tennis and is quickly becoming the next “it” sport amongst Americans. Great for people of all ages and skill levels, the action packed sport uses a rubber (or foam) paddle with holes in it and doesn’t require a lot of strength and endurance. Padel is also played in a doubles format, making it social and offering the feel good factor for everyone.
First invented by Mexican businessman Enrique Corcuera in 1969, Padel is a big pastime in Spain where they have over 20,000 courts. Catching on more recently in the Middle East and other European countries, in the U.S. the states with the largest Spanish-speaking populations (like Florida and Texas) are paving the way for the explosive growth of the game.
Growing in popularity around the world with 10 million players picking up Padel just last year, the sport’s growth isn’t expected to stop anytime soon. And, especially with famous professional athletes like Leo Messi and Andy Murray backing Padel, Padel is looking to overtake tennis and pickleball as the fastest-growing racquet sport in the world to hit the courts.
In the U.S., the number of Padel courts is set to double in 2023 and over 8 million players are projected to be playing in the U.S. by 2030.
“Padel is in an unstoppable position already in the U.S. The number of Padel locations is increasing all over the country,” says PPL League Commissioner, Marcos Del Pilar.
About the Team
The addition of Las Vegas Smash to the local professional sports landscape provides fans with another high-level competition to support. It also opens opportunities for local talent to pursue a career in Padel. As the sport grows in popularity nationwide, you see more porches and yards decorated with padel rackets and schoolyards filled with young talent practising the sport together and adult non-professional teams and leagues popping up in cities of all sizes. The team has gained significant sponsorship and has established partnerships with local businesses and organizations, including the Las Vegas favorite ultra-premium tequila brand, Tequila Comisario, boasting the quadruple gold slam Comisario Blanco, Comisario Reposado, Comisario Añejo and Gran Comisario expressions.