The first padel court was created by Enrique Corquera in the late 1960s. He wanted to build a tennis court in his house, but since the space was limited for a traditional tennis court, he decided to use a small area surrounded by walls and metal fences.
Corcuera invited a Spanish friend, the nobleman Alfonso Hohenloe, to play padel at his home, and he liked it so much that when he returned to Marbella in 1974 he decided to build a padel court in his sports centre, the Marbella Club. It was there that some Argentinian athletes discovered it and decided to import this new game to Argentina, where in just a few years padel became a sport played by millions of people.
Padel was officially recognised in 1991, when the International Padel Federation was established in Madrid.
Padel is one of the most popular sports in Spain today. It is the second biggest sport after football
The first professional padel tournament started in 2005 under the name Padel Pro Tour (PPT).