In Spain, padel has clearly turn out to be one of the vital fashionable sports activities. Tennis is now effectively behind each in phrases of the variety of licensees and in development analysis on Google Trend.
For a rustic that counts and has counted so many tennis stars like Rafael Nadal, Carlos Moya, Sergi Bruguera, Alex Corretja, Alberto Berasategui, David Ferrer, Juan Carlos Ferrero and others, that is stunning. However, padel is experiencing distinctive hours in Spain, they even exceed all forecasts.
The symbolic bar of 100,000 licensees in the viewfinder
The Spanish Padel Federation (FEP) is in heaven. An distinctive finish to the yr with the long-awaited present: historic and nearly sudden progress in the variety of licensees in Spain. The different excellent news is that the outlook could be very optimistic. The 100,000 redundant mark must be crossed pretty rapidly.
The COVID circumstances clearly assist. We can see it clearly: non-collective sports activities that are practiced open air are on the rise. Tennis can even reap the benefits of this unlucky windfall, however in actuality, padel continues to be widening the hole with a lead of greater than 15,000 licensees in 2021.
Remember that in 2008, we had 110,000 tennis licensees for 23,000 padel licensees. Another period!
For Romain Taupin, the padel economic system knowledgeable and founding father of the positioning Padelonomics :
Padel has “eaten up” tennis in current years in Spain, however covid has allowed these two racquet sports activities to develop concurrently.
The motive for me is easy: tennis and padel have been sports activities allowed open air throughout confinement, which helped entice new prospects.
Note that greater than 55% of “padel” licensees are over 39 years outdated in Spain (81% over 24). 34% of the whole are girls (in comparison with 15% in France).
The yr of data in 2021
In Spain, it was believed that padel had reached a most. 2021 has confirmed in any other case. On Google, searches have elevated by greater than 25% in a single yr, unprecedented!
Surprisingly, since 2014, padel had stagnated. Until 2019, the variety of searches was even on the decline, however COVID had an impact on the unbelievable padel!
On the opposite hand, we see that tennis stays in a fragile state of affairs. Even if the Spanish Tennis Federation is seeing a rise in the variety of licensees, it's clear that the final development is just not upward with regard to followers. Interest in this sport is clearly much less in comparison with padel.
(padel in blue, tennis in purple)
Franck Binisti found padel on the Club des Pyramides in 2009 in the Paris area. Since then, padel has been a part of his life. You usually see him touring France going to cowl main French padel occasions.