Paddle tennis, a trend with prospective
The paddle according to the study "Evolution of the federal licenses (1994-2016) tennis vs paddle” is one of the sports that has increased its practice, specifically 2 out of 10 people who practice sports in Spain practice paddle tennis, 9% of all sports practitioners. As for the number of federal licenses, paddle tennis is the sport that has also increased the most, with an 85% increase. In addition, paddle tennis is a sport in which the presence of women is very prominent. There are not yet more women than men, but the trend is increasing. On the other hand, tennis has decreased the number of federal licenses by 27.1%. Despite this decrease, there are times when there is a small increase in licenses, but after two or three months they fall again. The phenomena by which the numbers of federative licenses in tennis are influenced are the successes and defeats of the most relevant athletes. In the case of Spain, there is a 4-5% increase in tennis licenses when there is some significant success of Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer.
As for women's federation licenses, in tennis there has been a decrease in volume during these last years, on the other hand, in the paddle there is a very significant increase, going from having 2.741 to 20.424 licenses between 1995 and 2016.
This analysis foresees a clear decrease in the number of federation licenses and tennis sports practice in the next decade. It is expected that, with this descent from tennis, paddle tennis dominates in racket sports, taking the vast majority of practitioners. This "boom" of the paddle also reaches Clinics that organize the paddle clubs, which are having very high participation since the World Padel Tour is broadcast on television. Padel is a sport in pairs where four players play on the court. This social component is the key to the success of the Clinics since most practitioners are amateur players, who value social ties very much. The World Padel Tour players themselves affirm that these events are very good for the sport since they only grow and increase the practitioners. This year it is planned to fill the central tracks of the World Padel Tour and these events may be the culprits.
The Master Plan for Sports Facilities of Catalonia (PIEC) classifies sports equipment according to 3 networks: Active, Basic and Complementary. Those of the Active network are types of equipment with open accessibility, close implementation and adapted regulation. The equipment of the Basic network is of controlled accessibility, homogeneous implementation and standardized regulation. Finally, the equipment of the Complementary network is of limited accessibility, localized implementation and specific regulation. In the new update of the PIEC, racquet sports have been included in the Basic network, being one of the main reasons for this increase in federative paddle licenses in the territory.
In Europe, paddle tennis is an important sport, there are approximately 11.000 tracks and a large number of clubs spread across different countries, including France, Italy, Portugal, Sweden and Spain. In Spain, the paddle moves around 600 million Euros a year and has 2.5 million regular practitioners, surpassing golf and squash. In Latin America, the practice of paddle tennis in Argentina stands out, the currently number 1 in the world is Argentine. It also highlights this practice in Chile, Uruguay, Mexico, Paraguay and Brazil. In Ecuador this practice is being implemented more and more, getting to promote as "Practice the sport of fashion in Europe", where the Quito Paddle club has been one of the biggest promoters. This fact shows that it is a sport that is beginning to be implemented with the intention of achieving the same success as in the rest of the countries of South America.
Therefore, companies and professionals in the sports sector of racket sports are presented with the opportunity to take advantage of this trend of increasing paddle practice and as clubs, benefit from the success of these types of events. If they are not yet carried out in their facilities, an opportunity is presented to take advantage of it and join these successes.