Padel Statistics and Facts 2023

Padel statistics

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Padel is the fastest-growing sport on the planet that has taken the world by storm in recent years.

With its blend of tennis, squash, and badminton, padel is a fun and exciting game that can be played by people of all ages and skill levels.

If you’re looking to learn more about this exciting sport, here are some interesting padel facts and statistics:

Padel statistics: an overview

  • Padel tennis is the fastest-growing sport globally with over 25 million players in 90+ countries
  • It’s now the second most popular sport in Spain with 6 million players; beating tennis and second only to football
  • Italy is the quickest new adopter of the sport, making up 18.5% of all global Google searches for ‘Padel’
  • Rallies last 60-70% longer than in tennis – making it a thrilling spectator sport
  • 900,000 Padel rackets were sold last year
  • 30% of Padel players are women compared to just 15% in tennis
Padel in spain

Global Padel statistics

  • Padel originated in Mexico in the 1960s
  • There are over 968,000 global searches for ‘Padel’
  • Spain has over 20,000 courts, and Italy has over 5,000
  • The World Padel Tour has a prize money pool of over €4 million, with the top players earning over €100,000 in prize money per season
  • There are over 2 million players in Argentina
Padel court

Padel facts

  • Padel is played on a smaller court than tennis, with a glass or mesh wall surrounding the court
  • Padel is typically a doubles sport but you can play singles casually – click here for more padel rules
  • Padel is played with smaller rackets than tennis, typically around 20-25 inches in length
  • Padel has been recognised as an Olympic sport by the International Olympic Committee, and there are plans to include it in the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris
  • Padel is a low-risk sport in terms of injury, with fewer injuries reported compared to other racket sports like tennis
Padel at the olympics

UK Padel facts

  • The UK only makes up 1.27% of global Google searches for ‘Padel’ but that’s because it’s still very new to brits. But it’s on the rise
  • There are over 89,000 active Padel players in the UK and over 155 courts across 70 locations
  • Since 2018, UK padel player numbers have increased by over 30x
UK padel players increase from 2018 to 2023 graph

Pro Padel statistics

  • The World Padel Tour youtube channel has over 415 million views
  • 25% of shots played in the World Padel Tour (WPT) series are lobs
  • The International Padel Federation (FIP) recognises 1264 pro-ranked male padel athletes and 596 female athletes
  • 73 of the top 100 male pros and 72 of the top 100 female pros are Spanish
  • 2.3 million people tune in to the World Padel tournaments on average
WPT stadium

Bonus facts

  • Padel is a great way to stay active and healthy, with players burning an average of 500-700 calories per hour of play
  • Big football stars love the sport such as Jurgen Klopp, Neymar, David Beckham, and Messi
David beckham playing paddle tennis

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Alfie Godfrey Padel Athletes Founder

About the Author

Alfie Godfrey – Padel Player (8+ Years) & Coach

From the moment Alfie discovered Padel on a family holiday in Barcelona back in 2015, his passion for this amazing sport knows no bounds. Driven by a mission to propel Padel to new heights worldwide, Alfie is dedicated to delivering the pinnacle of quality content.

Drawing from his own extensive 8-year journey as a player and the collective expertise of the esteemed team at PadelAthletes, he provides unrivaled insights, recommendations, and guides. Alfie and our ever-expanding network of casual and professional players, club owners, and sports scientists empower us to create the ultimate resources on all things Padel.

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