Meet my new favorite sport: Padel (or Paddle, as it is sometimes referred to in the English-speaking community).
I’ve been a football (soccer) fan all my life and I used to enjoy practicing this sport on a weekly basis with my friends back in Malta. So until a few months ago I would have considered football to be my favorite sport by far. Interestingly though fast forward a few months and padel has taken football’s place in my life. I have become thoroughly addicted to this sport and can’t get enough of it.
I’ve played a few racket sports in the past, mostly tennis and table tennis, and I enjoyed both of them.
A few years back while holidaying in Seville, I saw some people playing padel and I was captivated. I made a promise to myself to try out this strange sport whenever I had the chance. I had no idea what it was called back then.
I later learned that it was called padel and that it is very popular all around Spain. One of the first things I did upon my arrival in Barcelona was to attend a padel meetup. Thus I fulfilled my earlier promise. I was hooked from the very first match I played. Soon enough I was trying out different rackets and reading all the material I could get my hands onto. I haven’t even kicked a football for months now but I play padel around 3 times a week.
Padel is a very social sport. It is always played in doubles format, unlike tennis where the main focus is on the singles’ matches. It is also very easy to learn compared to tennis, so you don’t even need lessons to start playing with your friends. This is especially true if you have played other racket sports in the past. Here in Barcelona one can find various tournaments called Americanas which mean that everyone plays against everyone, changing partners for every match. As you can imagine you can get to know a lot of people during such tournaments. They’re the perfect place for expats to make new friends especially if you want to make some local friends.