Teessiders have been invited to try out padel tennis – the world’s fastest-growing racquet sport – after Tennis World Middlesbrough installed two first class courts as part of an impressive overall £400,000 renovation, including tennis courts and clubhouse facilities.
Exciting racquet sport padel is already hugely popular in Spain, Argentina and elsewhere but is now spreading rapidly across the UK as well as the USA and other parts of mainland Europe.
Tennis World offer the only covered, floodlit padel courts between Edinburgh to the north and Manchester to the west to Huddersfield to the south.
Tennis World members and non-members alike have joined the rush to try out a sport that many Brits first tasted while enjoying holidays on Spain’s Costa del Sol and the Algarve in Portugal.
Invented in Mexico nearly 50 years ago, padel is typically played in doubles on an enclosed court about the third the size of a tennis court. Scoring is the same as normal tennis and the balls used are similar but with less pressure.
The main difference about padel is that balls can be played off the court’s walls in a similar way to the game of squash, while players use solid, stringless rackets. The ball must be no higher than waist height when being served.
Tennis World head coach and director of operations Nigel Garton said: “Our recent investments mean we can now provide Teesside and the wider region with highquality tennis facilities whilst being the first club in the North-East to launch padel, which is an exciting, truly accessible sport.”
Situated next to Stewart Park and Middlesbrough Sports Village, the club’s recent investments in new indoor and outdoor tennis courts, LED lighting, clubhouse facilities and padel courts represent the biggest project since Teesside’s biggest independent tennis club opened in 1986.
Tennis World’s has six outdoor courts, of which three have been refurbished, and four indoor courts, all of which have been refurbished with international standard LED lighting. These new facilities are all proving a big hit with the club’s 300 members while generating a vibrant interest among many new visitors.
They feature state-of-the-art artificial playing surfaces resplendent in striking Wimbledon-style purple and green that Tennis World bosses believe provides “the wow-factor” that will attract new audiences and participation.