The padel grows by 600% in the United Kingdom

  • March 28, 2024

According to the Research and Data Analysis Department of the International Padel Federation (FIP), padel has been experiencing significant growth in the United Kingdom in recent years.

In 2020, the country had just over 60 courts, a number that rose to 130 in 2021, exceeded 250 in 2022, and reached over 400 in 2023, representing a 600% increase in just three years.

Continuing with the study, it is currently estimated that there are more than 170 padel clubs in the country, most of which are affiliated with the Lawn Tennis Association, which regulates the sport in the UK. Additionally, there are approximately 470 courts and around 120.000 amateur players. Despite the recent surge, padel has a deep-rooted history in the UK, with the creation of the first federation, called 'The Padel Federation Great Britain', in 1992, which later became the British Padel Association in 2013 before merging with the Lawn Tennis Association in 2019.

Regarding national competitions, the UK has achieved notable results, such as a third-place finish in the FIP European Padel Championships 2019 in Rome, both in the men's and women's categories, and a third-place finish in the men's category in the FIP Juniors World Padel Championships 2015 in Mexico City. The British federation has around 15,000 members and currently has 97 British players in the FIP world ranking, with 37 women and 60 men.

The next highlighted event on the calendar is the FIP Rise Rocks Lane, scheduled for the weekend, which will be the fifth tournament of the CUPRA FIP Tour in both the women's and men's categories played in England, always in London.

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