Marcos Del Pilar brings padel to South Florida – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports


KEY BISCAYNE, FLA. (WSVN) – Padel is a sport gaining recognition internationally and is now discovering a neighborhood in South Florida.
It’s performed professionally all through Europe, South America, and Asia and is now gaining a following within the U.S.
Padel originated in Mexico over 50 years in the past and may have the potential for turning into an Olympic occasion for the primary time in 2024.
Skilled padel participant Marcos Del Pilar is now bringing the sport to Miami.
“You possibly can decide it up in lower than 5 minutes,” mentioned Del Pilar. “I’ve finished it so many occasions that I’m certain simply in 5 minutes with me on the courtroom you’ll be capable to play by yourself, having a variety of enjoyable.”
Padel is performed on turf on a courtroom enclosed by glass.
“It’s a terrific mixture of tennis, squash and racquetball all wrapped up into one,” mentioned Lee Sponaugle, President of All Racquet Sports activities. “I say it’s a Swiss Military knife of racket sports activities.”

The sport is performed in singles or doubles the place gamers use a fiberglass paddle with small holes.
The ball utilized in padel has barely much less strain than a tennis ball.
“Even due to the dimensions of the courtroom, simply to place the ball in play could be very straightforward,” mentioned Del Pilar.
Del Pilar mentioned the game is a good for folks of all ages, and he has a terrific benefit educating padel on the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne courtroom.
It’s the solely resort on the earth with three new state-of-the-art courts open to visitors and most of the people.
“You possibly can decide it up simply, you may play in groups, on a regular basis,” mentioned Del Pilar. “It’s very social, straightforward to select up, a variety of occasions addictive. It’s the game for the U.S.”
Plans are being made to deliver nationwide and worldwide tournaments to the power on the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne.
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