Padel Tennis is the sport that is growing the fastest around the world. Fact. And it seems to be taking off in the UK this year. Slowly, you hear more and more people talking about it. But how long until everyone in the UK plays padel tennis? Will it get there someday? How long until it gets huge and has a lot of players in the UK? Let’s look at the facts and how padel tennis is played in other countries to see how much it could grow in the next couple of years in the UK.

How many courts for padel are there now in the world?

There are more than 20,000 padel courts in Spain, and about 4 million people play it. It is the second most popular sport in Spain, after football. There are now about 500,000 players in Sweden, and that number is growing every day. There are also more than 800 padel courts in Sweden. Lastly, there are more than 150 padel courts in the UK, where there are 89,000 active players. This is a huge jump of about 20,000 players from 2020.
With the same growth predictions, this number is expected to be well over 300,000 this year, and more than 250 courts will be built. If we do what Sweden did, we won’t have to wait long. There were less than 100 padel courts in Sweden three years ago. There are now more than 800, and there are more than 500,000 people who play. This shows how fast the UK could grow if we keep up with the Swedish.

How is Padel Tennis going to get there?

New courts being built all over the UK will help the sport grow the most that for sure. As more and more courts open up, more and more people will try the sport. People will talk about there padel tennis experience’s, so the word will get out fast about how fun padel actually is. Celebrities can also help promote it, for example, top football players like Zidane, Beckham, Neymar, Messi, and many more have all played it and posted about it on social media. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has opened his own padel courts in Sweden, one of them is called Padel Zenter. These clubs are huge, and each one has more than 20 courts, which is crazy. Things will go the same way in the UK, which will help the sport grow a lot.

The market for padel rackets can’t meet demand.

The padel racket business is going crazy right now. It’s hard to find stock, and hundreds of thousands of rackets are sold every month. Since the sport has become popular in many places around the world, it has been hard for businesses to keep making rackets to facilitate the demand.

My final thoughts on how padel tennis will grow in the UK

Overall, I think that by 2024, the sport will be huge and everyone will know about it. I can already see how quickly it is growing, and I think that the number of courts will give it a big boost this year.
The only sport that will be bigger is football. If you look at Spain, where padel is well-known and has been around for decades, but football is still the clear winner. I think England  and Scotland will be the same way, since football is a big part of the culture there.