It’s a pastime that has dominated the sporting panorama in Spain and Argentina for a few years and now padel is about to go international.
That’s the view of former British No 1 tennis star Andrew Citadel, who has joined the ranks of big-name stars keen to place padel on the map within the UK and around the globe.
Padel has been described as a cross between tennis and squash, performed on a court docket surrounded by a heavy-duty glass that enables gamers to hit the ball after it bounces again off the wall.
Now Citadel is amongst these main the cost within the UK after taking up a task as model ambassador with Game4Padel, an organization backed by two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.
Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp is an enormous fan of the game, as is former Chelsea captain John Terry and British Olympic hero Denise Lewis additionally confirmed she is a lover of padel, with that degree of star backing convincing Citadel the game is able to take off within the UK and around the globe.
“Padel is a sport that would have an enormous attain not simply on this nation, however around the globe,” Citadel advised Tennis365.
“I nonetheless love tennis and that can all the time been the mother and daddy for me. From the minute I performed tennis, I adored it, however I’ve to confess it’s extra technical than padel.
“I believe you may get to an pleasing membership normal faster with padel than tennis. I’ve no proof or statistics to again that up, however it feels simpler to get to a regular the place you may put a large smile in your face. I believe that will be one of many largest promoting factors for padel.”
With Britain’s Garden Tennis Affiliation providing grants to golf equipment to put in padel courts proving to be a profitable enterprise, the Game4Padel group Citadel and Murray are backing taking that course of to the following degree.
Putting in padel courts at golf equipment and taking a slice of the income that comes from them, it is a venture with star backing that would take padel to an entire new degree.
“When you have bought to search out £40,000-£50,000 or £140,000-£150,000 for padel courts out of subs and membership charges at a tennis membership, that’s going to be troublesome,” added Citadel.
“Game4Padel construct the courts for you, take a proportion of income, put a coach in and educate folks how you can play the sport.
“The place do I see padel in 5 years’ time? It may possibly solely be greater. It’s fairly intoxicating. If you play as soon as, you wish to exit and do it once more. So the place is it in 5 years? It needs to be greater.”
With Qatar seeking to make investments thousands and thousands into padel to arrange a worldwide tour and plans to push for the game to be included within the 2028 Olympics, padel seems to be a sport shifting ahead at a fast charge.
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