Fabien Conjat continues his world tour in the padel, and this time, heading to Germany. Yes the padel exists and is even developing across the Rhine!

A tennis club that wants padel !

"After a passage through the southern hemisphere, back in an urban environment with a 4-day stay in Germany, in particular to Frankfurt. While waiting for the upcoming opening of a club with covered infrastructures, I was able to test the courts of Padel Frankfurt in the northeastern part of the city. The first court was built in 2021. It was followed by three other courts in 2023, within a large tennis club with Club-House (however closed on weekdays before 16 p.m.). The club of padel has a dedicated room, but pay attention to the opening hours. Depending on the reservation, remember to bring balls and something to drink.”

200 active players

“Clubs in and around the city use apps to connect players. Note that the level is not quite the same as in France or Spain, so adjust your references to find fun or competitive games. There is around 200 more or less active players, but the games were very enjoyable. I was unable to test the highest local rankings due to lack of time. The clubs are very easy to reach by public transport and are around 30 minutes from the central station.

I found the carpets to be very absorbent and provided good grip despite the wet weather I had for 2 days. The thickness of the windows, as well as the rear reinforcements of the structures, make the court more “robust”. The ball hits well counterpaired and it doesn't vibrate much during impacts - subjective opinion.

Even if the city is less conducive to tourism, if you go through Frankfurt, it is really very easy to play, even if the weather can sometimes force cancellations. The city of Essen is better supplied with indoor slopes.”

Franck Binisti

Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Club des Pyramides in 2009 in the Paris region. Since padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France going to cover the major events of padel French.