The LTA’s vision “Tennis Opened Up” is about making tennis more accessible. It’s about breaking barriers to entry and growing the game of tennis.

One of the LTA’s key strategies is to find new ways to grow participation and padel is an innovative format of tennis that’s fun, flexible, easy to play and extremely sociable.

What is padel?

Padel is a form of tennis that is easy to play, fun and extremely sociable. It is played mainly in a doubles format on an enclosed court about a third of the size of a tennis court and can be played in groups of mixed ages and abilities, as it is not power dominant. The rules are broadly the same as tennis, although you serve underhand and the walls are used as part of the game with the ball allowed to bounce off them.

One of the fastest growing sports across continental Europe, padel has gained increasing popularity over recent years, with over six million people currently playing in Spain.

What are the rules?

From rules, to equipment, find out the '10 things you probably didn't know about padel' here.

How did the sport begin?

Interested in the origins of padel? Find out about the history of the sport here.

Where can I play?

There are padel courts across the country, mainly located within tennis clubs, leisure centres and local parks. Find a padel court through the club directory here.

Padel Development Plan:

The LTA recently published a padel development plan, outlining the governing body's ambition to grow the sport. Click here to view.