Time to learn how to padel

Monaco is giving the general public an opportunity to learn more about padel, the new sporting craze that is sweeping the world.

Padel is a raquet sport and is typically played in doubles on an enclosed court a third the size of a tennis court. Scoring is the same as normal tennis and the balls used are similar but with a little less pressure. The main differences are that the court has walls and the balls can be played off them in a similar way as in the game of squash and that solid, stringless racquets are used. The height of the ball being served must be at or below the waist level.

Now, thanks to Monte-Carlo International Sports, the Monegasque Padel Association, the Padel Tennis Club of Beausoleil and the Mairie of Monaco, a padel court has been installed at the Port of Monaco until 25th August 2019.

‘Padel in Town’ is an initiative of entrepreneur Fabrice Pastor and aims to introduce as many people as possible to the sport.

“It is a dream fulfilled to have a padel club at the doors of my house in Monaco, and to bring more people to a sport that I am so passionate about,” said Fabrice Pastor, CEO of Monte Carlo International Sports. “Padel will continue to grow and we at Monte Carlo International Sports will continue to support it.”

The public will have various opportunities to become acquainted with padel over the coming weeks. The schedule is:

From 2pm to 4.30pm: discover padel with a team of your choice in 30-minute increments.

From 4.30pm to 6pm: the court is available for 1.5 hours for games

From 6pm to 7.30pm: padel coaching with a professional

From 7.30pm to 9pm: the court is available for 1.5 hours for games

On Sunday 18th August from 2pm, the Tournament P1000 final will be played, featuring the best French pairs. Then an incredible exhibition match will be held with Federico Chingotto, 19th in the world, and Juan Tello, ranked 21st.

For more information visit the Tennis Padel Soleil website

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