Padel swings its way into Qatar’s most popular sports – Doha News

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As Qatar’s quickest rising sport, Padel has shortly turn into greater than only a pastime for a lot of.
The sound of tennis balls being struck off bats and partitions reverberates all through the membership. Inside PadelIn, Qatar’s largest centre for the favored sport, dozens of women and men take up positions on the 20×10 courts, able to strike, dive and rating their technique to victory.
For many, Padel is a sport recognized to be a unusual mixture of squash and tennis, although its court docket is about 25% smaller than a conventional tennis venue and the glass partitions surrounding the play space are used as a part of the sport.
Padel is among the newer and quickest rising racquet sports activities worldwide, and has been on the radar in Qatar since at the least 2017.

Early origins
Though it’s pretty new right here, Padel took place in 1969 when Enrique Corcuera determined to adapt his Squash court docket at his dwelling in Acapulco (Mexico) with parts of Platform Tennis, creating what he known as “Paddle Corcuera.” Corcuera is taken into account to be the inventor of Padel.
Quickly sufficient, Enrique’s Spanish buddy Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg tried this new invention at his buddy’s dwelling and immediately fell in love. Instantly after in 1974, he determined to create the primary two Padel courts in a Tennis membership in Marbella, Spain. Over the course of the subsequent few a long time, Padel quickly unfold the world over.
Beginnings in Qatar
Right here in Qatar, former tennis nationwide staff participant Mohammed Saadoun Al Kuwari shortly discovered himself transitioning into Padel.
“It’s similar to Tennis, besides the glass and the racquet are carbon fibre made,” stated Al Kuwari, who stands in second place on Qatar’s nationwide rankings. Al Kuwari not too long ago gained third place within the Asia Padel Championships, with 9 worldwide and native championships underneath his belt.
He first encountered the game in 2016 and shortly after, in 2017 his older brother opened the primary Padel membership at Qatar Sports activities Membership.
“We fell in love with the game, even obtained hooked on it,” Al Kuwari stated. “The neighborhood’s response is superb. It’s a straightforward sport to study and since there’s 4 gamers, it’s very social as effectively.”
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Based on Al-Kuwari, greater than 10,000 individuals in Qatar play Padel in some type, with 4,000 of these registered with PadelIn, Qatar’s first and solely indoor Padel membership.
The rising love for Padel throughout Qatar has led to rising tournaments as gamers endeavour to enhance their expertise on knowledgeable stage. PadelIn hosts a month-to-month event for native gamers to assist improve their expertise in order to compete with gamers that play on the worldwide stage.
Way forward for Padel
In 2020, Qatar Olympic Committee [QOC] held the second version of its Padel Event, which noticed the participation of over 300 gamers. This was a stark distinction from 2019, when QOC’s first version of the event noticed solely 96 gamers taking part.
In March 2021, the Worldwide Padel Federation held its first Padel event in Qatar with gamers from everywhere in the world.
Sports activities-hungry Qatar can be slated to host the Padel World Cup in November 2021, only a yr forward of the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
Padel gamers from Qatar’s nationwide staff, together with Al-Kuwari, can be taking part within the 16-team championship, the primary of its form within the area.
As extra individuals get entangled with sport and with quite a few personal courts sprouting up throughout the nation, it’s clear that Padel is right here to remain.
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