Earthquake in Spain: The padel exceeds tennis in number of licensees. 2019 will stay forever a historic year in terms of numbers and development for padel.
The padel had never taken the lead against tennis. How to imagine that a sport like tennis, so entrenched in Spain, could one day be preceded by its cousin padel.
The padel starts from very FAR
And especially when we know that still in 2000, the padel counted only 6 licensees in Spain.
Yet the padel has indeed passed in front of tennis in number of licensees. And we know that the number of padel players has become a real institution in Spain to the point of challenging the king sport: FOOT.
If it is still very difficult to put a figure on the number of padel players in Spain, it is customary to speak of a figure of around 2,5 million players. However, padel has experienced a breaking point in recent years: we see clubs closing.
"We have reached a threshold of practitioners in Spain that seems complicated to exceed”Explained us again in 2019, the padel director Babolat, Frédéric Bertucat.
Brands hit the nail on the head
The growth of padel will depend on its export and its international development. The brands hit the nail on the head because that is exactly what is happening. All continents are struck by the passion for padel. And France is no exception either.
It may not seem like much, but the padel has reached the bar of 75000 licensees when tennis continues its fall in licensees by approaching dangerously the bar of 70.000 licensees.
To illustrate these words and to understand the incredible development of padel, it should be noted that tennis still had in 2013 twice as many licensees as padel...
In just six years, padel has overtaken tennis.
The “Spanish Padel Federation (FEP)” and the “Real Federacion Española de tennis (RFET)” have enabled us to make this comparison which thus highlights the evolution of tennis and padel in terms of number of licensees.
Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Pyramid Club in 2009 in the Paris region. Since then padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France by going to cover the big French paddle events.