Head decides to surprise you once again with a very special racket... Its design takes us back to the beginnings of padel in Spain, and to its precursor, Prince Alfonso de Hohenlohe, with an obvious nod to the country of origin: Mexico. A most magical mixture.

What was the relationship between Hohenlohe and Corcuera? Prince Alfonso de Hohenlohe was very friendly with Enrique Corcuera, the famous Mexican who invented the padel manner, and he often visited her. One day he tried this new sport and was immediately fascinated.

In 1974, Alfonso introduced the padel in Spain. He built the country's first two courts at his hotel, the Marbella Club, an establishment frequented by kings and celebrities. At that time, movie stars like Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn, Kim Novak, James Stewart and Sean Connery stayed there, as well as members of European aristocracy: Juan Carlos I, Grace Kelly and the kings of Sweden.

Like the Corcuera track, these pitches were made “by eye”, using the available space. The first year, the padel spread like wildfire in Marbella. Some residents of the region and regular tourists became regulars at the Marbella Club where they practiced this sport invented in some way for the jet set.

Today, to commemorate Prince Alfonso de Hohenlohe, known as the “grandfather of padel", HEAD Padel has created a limited edition racket, inspired by a cactus, a plant very present in the Mexican deserts. The grainy textures and retro styling convey a rich sense of heritage and culture, all essential elements in a collectible like this.

Urban artist HEAD Sportswear has also created a textile capsule collection, matching the racket, which includes a polo shirt and shorts for men and a tank top, shorts and dress for women.