Designed in Mexico in 1969, it became popular first in Argentina and then in Spain in the 1970s and 1980s. 1990s, he was much less popular and known than today, especially in Europe. With its media coverage, the sport has changed quite a bit, so much so that in thirty years we have been able to observe quite notable developments.

  1. Snowshoes padel :
    • Before 1990 : the snowshoes were simple, thin and often very rigid. They looked a bit like palas like we find in Basque pelota. Basically, solid wooden planks with no strings. This is also where they get their name palas.
    • 2020 : with the technological evolution and the growth of the popularity of the padel, snowshoes began to be made with advanced composite materials such as carbon, EVA foam or kevlar. Because they're thicker, more powerful, and better at absorbing vibration, they've completely changed the game.
  2. Tracks :
    • Before 1990 : the first tracks of padel were often made of concrete or brick walls with chain-link fences. The floor was usually cement or synthetic grass.
    • 2020 : over time, the tracks have become more standardized. Glass walls became more common to allow better visibility for spectators. Synthetic turf flooring has become standard, providing better grip and playability.
  3. Rules :
    • Before 1990 : as the padel was still in development, the rules were not as standardized and could vary from country to country or even region to region.
    • 2020 : with the formation of official federations and the growing popularity of the sport, the rules of padel have become more standardized. As early as 2010, the rules began to look a lot like what they are today with specific rules around outings or how the ball should be served and played.

The growth and evolution of padel over the years have been significant, with ever more professional tournaments and sponsors, as well as an increased media presence. This helped to further standardize the game and improve the quality of the material used.

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.