Padel – The sport of the sports stars

2 February 2023

From the world’s best footballer Lionel Messi to his former Barcelona teammate and friend Luis Suarez and his current PSG team mate, Neymar (who has built two courts for the game at his luxury home in Brazil), the love of Padel is growing amongst the sporting elite. Messi, too had his own home court constructed and where he regularly plays with friend and advisor Pepe Costa.

Padel – the game of footballing icons

And the fun and excitement of the game haven’t exactly gone under the radar for that other super footballer David Beckham either. Giving his backing to the Padel Qatari league recently, the former  Real Madrid and Manchester United player said: @tennis365com: “It’s a sport that I got hooked on very suddenly. You can play at any level, whether you’re a child or an adult. It’s growing a lot, even within the clubs. I already know many friends and former teammates who are hooked, and that’s incredible.”

When the love of the game becomes a business decision

Other super footballing Padel devotees include Al Nassr’s Cristiano Ronaldo and even Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. The latter has partnered with sports manufacturer Wilson to promote a Padel racket bearing his signature. He has also had a Padel court built at the Liverpool FC training ground.

AC Milan and Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is another who has heavily invested in Padel – financially as well as mentally. He has opened the Padel Zenter in Sweden.

Tennis stars get in on the Padel act too

Another big fan of Padel – not surprisingly considering its similarities to tennis – is former three times Wimbledon double star Jonas Bjorkman. The Swedish athlete was formerly Wimbledon Men’s singles champions coach Andy Murray. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are also said to be fans of the game and play when they get the chance, to the extent that when Nadal opened his tennis academy in Manacor, Spain, he insisted on there also being seven Padel courts.

Former US Open tennis finalist Roberta Vinci – who once beat Serena Williams – loved playing Padel so much that she switched from tennis to padel. Other tennis players who love Padel are Wimbledon star Abigail Tordoff and Chris Salisbury, brother of tennis doubles champ, Joe.

Former Number 1 Ladies’ tennis players Martina Hingis and Maria Sharapova are also said to be big fans of the game – now there’s a formidable Padel doubles team.

Padel and Formula One devotees

And what about Formula One stars and Padel? For there are many on the circuit who also love the racket ball game. There is, for instance, Ferrari F1 driver Carlos Sainz. He said he likes to play Padel to help him prepare for a race. That’s because it helps him work on his reflexes and think fast under pressure.

Fellow racing driver Charles Leclerc is Sainz’s favourite Padel opponent, while he also enjoys playing with his father.

And, finally, former Scottish international rugby star Max Evans didn’t miss rugby half as much after he discovered playing Padel also brought out his competitive instinct.

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