History of Padel
Padel was first played in Acapulco / Mexico in 1965 when the multi-millionaire Don Enrique Corcuera wanted to build a tennis court behind his house, but didn't have enough space. This is how the shape of the padel court came about. The first court in Europe was built in 1968 in Marbella Spain, from there the padel sport first found its way to Argentina, where the first courts were built in the famous "Ocean Club" in Mar del Plata in 1970. Today an estimated 6 million players play in Argentina on over 40,000 courts.
In Spain the padel boom began in the mid-1980s. In Madrid alone there are 14,000 padel courts today, the largest club "Estudiante" has 34 courts, 10 of which are covered. In 2020 there will be an estimated 100,000 padel courts throughout Spain.
Spain and Argentina are the leading nations in padel today, but the padel boom has now spread to many other countries, such as Portugal, France, Sweden, England and Italy. Courtwall ™ built the first padel court from its own production in 2002 in Halberstadt / Germany, when the sport was still completely unknown there. Courtwall ™’s 35 years of experience in building high quality squash courts is now being continued in the construction of padel courts.