For a month, we have been analyzing for you the dynamics of padel in France : the profile of its members et the distribution of land in France notably. Today, we are going to focus on the frequency of play of padelists in the country, as well as the relationship they have with the competition.
In this study, 18.000 licensees are taken into account, those having declared the padel as the main practice, whether in mainland France or in the overseas departments.
Play at padel : rather twice than once
If you padel is so popular, it is because it is much friendlier than tennis and the room for improvement is greater than in other racquet sports. For this reason, the padelists are more often present on the slopes of padel them tennis players.
The statistics speak for themselves: 49% of padel in France say they play several times a week, against only 29% of tennis players.
And if these data are already surprising, it must be added that 37% of players play at least once a week, compared to this time, 51% of tennis players. In short, the padelists go more often to the slopes padel them tennis players on the tennis courts.
Competition: the engine of players padel
Obviously, in addition to playing regularly during the week, the licensees padel particularly love competition. More than half of the licensees padel do tournaments, but above all, 61% of multi-racket licensees practicing padel compete.
What is interesting to note is that tennis players are enormously present at tennis tournaments. padel. More and more tennis players join the benches of the slopes of padel. And among the multi-racquet licensees practicing padel, we find 40% of 2th and 3th seriess, which, for the most part, are found in tournaments of padel.
It is clear that competition is a real driving force when it comes to the practice of padel. For some, the number of 75.000 competitors should be reached by 2024, only 25 less than in Spain, a country with around 2.5 million practitioners! Proof that practitioners in France are more focused on competition than our neighbors on the other side of the Pyrenees.
No more “small tournaments” in France
Although we do not have the statistics for the year 2023, the trend in recent years nevertheless shows that the majority of tournaments in France are P100 and P250. While they are easier for clubs to organize, because the prize money is not obligatory, they are also easier to complete. Indeed, the number of amateur players present in tournaments is higher.
It must be said that for the P100 and P250, it is local players who make the trip, unlike the “big tournaments”, where the teams come from almost everywhere in France.
This being said, the P1000, P1500 and P2000 calendar for the year 2024 has been released, and the number of “prestigious” tournaments is greater. The FFT, which is continuing its call for tenders to fill the last slots of the first semester, has already filled the majority of its weekends.
Obviously, the padel has a bright future ahead of it in France, where its addictive side encourages players to go to the slopes several times a week. Players who often come from tennis and who particularly enjoy competition.
It was his brother who one day told him to accompany him on a track. padel, since then, Gwenaëlle has never left the court. Except when it comes to going to watch the broadcast of Padel Magazine, World Padel Tour… or Premier Padel…or the French Championships. In short, she is a fan of this sport.