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Most often, Padel is seen as a combination of tennis, squash and racquetball, and can be played indoors and outdoors. The court is usually one-third the size of a tennis court that is enclosed with a wire mesh on the sides and glass walls at either ends, which one can play off when the need arises.
A match is normally a best-of-three sets using balls that are similar to those used in tennis. The scoring too is the same as that in tennis, and most of the rules governing the sport are similar to those followed in tennis. Padel is more popular as a sport for pairs. The uniqueness of the game is that it enables a player to use the walls surrounding the court to return the ball, something similar to what happens in squash.
The racquets used are without strings, and the surface is a solid base with holes. Service is always done underarm. Though a relatively young sport, Padel is considered to be one of the fastest-growing sports globally with an approximate following of 10 million players worldwide, and growing.
World Padel Tour is the number one pro padel circuit worldwide. It gathers the best players from all around the world and has its central headquarters in Spain, where 12 of the 16 tournaments in the calendar are developed. This young sport has lived to see a great professional outburst in the last 10 years. After a big blast in Argentina in the 90s, the new century saw an increase of importance in tournaments on Spanish soil. From 2015 the relish for this sport has experienced a constant growth, in line with the enlargement of the number of players.