A paddle tennis company backed by Andy Murray is opening three courts in one of London’s largest shopping malls. – News – Andy Murray Official Site

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A paddle tennis company backed by Andy Murray is opening three courts in one of London’s largest shopping malls.

The largest retail venue in Europe will soon host one of the fastest growing sports in the world, as the padel phenomenon comes to Westfield London.

Westfield has agreed a 10-year lease with Game4Padel, which includes Andy Murray among its investors. The company is behind a network of padel gaming facilities across the UK, the tennis / squash hybrid game that already boasts six million players in Spain and is rapidly gaining popularity in the UK, mainland Europe and the UK. rest of the world.

Game4Padel plans to build three permanent padel courts – two covered and one uncovered – in Westfield London, which has had an annual pre-Covid pass of around 31 million people.

The deal also includes Game4Padel which installs two additional “pop-up” paddle courts, one to coincide with the launch of the padel in The Atrium, the main indoor event and entertainment space with a pre-Covid pass of 750,000 people each. week, and one next summer in Westfield Square, the outdoor event space surrounded by restaurants and leisure outlets.

Padel is a fun, easy to play and sociable form of tennis as it is played with four players in a glass enclosed court about one third the size of a tennis court. The rules are basically similar to those of tennis – although the players serve under the armpits, making the game easier – and the walls are used as part of the game. It can be played in mixed age and skill groups, as tactics and subtlety are as important as power.

In addition to former number one brothers of world tennis Sir Andy Murray and Jamie Murray, other celebrity padel devotees include Rafael Nadal, David Beckham, Lionel Messi, Maria Sharapova, Martina Hingis, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola. There are currently 100 courts in Britain, but the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), which is the governing body of padel in the UK, has predicted a 400% growth in the number of courts by 2023.

Game4Padel already operates more padel venues than any other UK provider and expects to be the dominant player in the fastest growing sport in the country. The deal with Westfield London is Game4Padel’s first with a retail and leisure operator and the company will ensure that access to the courts will be easy to arrange via an intuitive online booking and payment system. advanced discussions with more than 30 other sites – two of which are major shopping centers in other major British cities – which it plans to add more than 50 additional fields to its five existing locations.

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