Why Padel Is So Popular With Women

Women chatting at the padel net

While Padel is enjoyed by both men and women, there’s a notable trend that shows an increasing popularity among women in particular.

In this post, we’ll explore why Padel has become a favourite among women, and reveal some quite shocking stats.

Padel is Very Accessible

One of the key reasons behind Padel’s popularity with women is its accessibility and ease of learning.

Unlike some sports that may require a significant time commitment to become proficient and are often somewhat gatekept from women at a young age, Padel can be picked up relatively quickly and easily.

The smaller court size and slower ball speed make it more beginner-friendly than traditional tennis.

According to a survey conducted by the International Padel Federation (FIP), 74% of female players cited the sport’s easy learning curve as a major draw.

We’d also argue that because the sport is new it’s not become historically dominated by men through tradition or convention, making it more appealing to women.

Padel’s Social Aspect

Padel is known for its social and inclusive nature. It’s often played in doubles, which fosters a sense of camaraderie and teamwork.

This social aspect is particularly appealing to women, as it provides an opportunity to connect with friends and meet new people while enjoying physical activity.

In a study conducted by Padel Magazine, 63% of female Padel players mentioned the social aspect as a significant factor in their participation.

Making friends playing padel

There’s Minimal Physical Impact

Compared to high-impact sports, such as rugby or football, Padel has a lower risk of injury due to its relatively gentle pace and limited court size.

Many women find this appealing, especially those looking for a physically active but less strenuous sport.

According to a report by the European Padel Association, Padel has a 40% lower risk of injury compared to tennis, making it an attractive option for individuals of various fitness levels.

Woman wearing pink playing padel

An Increase in Padel Facilities and Community

The proliferation of Padel facilities has played a crucial role in attracting women to the sport.

According to the World Padel Tour, the number of Padel courts worldwide has increased by over 300% in the last decade, making it more accessible to everyone – although there’s a way to go still.

The presence of Padel clubs and communities has created an inviting environment for women to explore the sport.

Celebrity Endorsements and Role Models

Celebrities and professional athletes have also contributed to the rise of Padel’s popularity among women.

Prominent female athletes like Marta Marrero and Alejandra Salazar have achieved great success in Padel, serving as inspiring role models for aspiring female players.

Their achievements have not only elevated the sport’s status but also encouraged more women to give it a try.

Serena Williams is also a big fan of padel! She was quoted saying:

“I love the game because it’s fast-moving and I feel like there isn’t as much pressure as playing in front of thousands of people. Every single person on my team is awesome – we’re all friends and we hang out together after matches.”

Serena Williams playing padel

Fun and Engaging Gameplay

Ultimately, Padel is fun to play.

The combination of strategy, teamwork, and exciting rallies make it an engaging sport.

In a survey conducted by the Padel Development Federation, 88% of women stated that they found Padel more enjoyable than other sports they had tried.

That’s a shocking statistic! The potential for the sport is clearly off the charts, especially for women.


The increasing popularity of Padel among women can be attributed to its accessibility, social nature, minimal physical impact, expanding facilities, celebrity endorsements, and the sheer enjoyment it offers.

With these factors in mind, it’s no wonder that more and more women are embracing Padel as their preferred sport, and its growth shows no signs of slowing down.

Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a newcomer to sports, Padel has something to offer for women of all ages and backgrounds.

So, ladies, grab a racket, hit the court, and discover why Padel is making waves among women worldwide.

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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