It’s been a worrying week for tennis fans, with rumblings about match fixing casting a shadow over the Australian Open down south. But here in Sydney, everything’s looking brighter for the sport.Padel tennis, the high-energy, cooler, more fun version of the traditional game has already taken Europe by storm and now it’s arrived in Australia. This line-up of tennis aristocracy, led by retired French ace Henri Leconte, is helping to launch it.

 

The country’s first official facility will be opened on February 6 on the Show Ring at the Entertainment Quarter, and from now until January 31 you can preview the sport with free lessons daily from noon to 10pm from English pro Matt Thomas. The fast-moving game is played in doubles on an enclosed court and the rules allow use of the back and side walls, making for some pretty nifty trick shots. In Spain, Padel is the second biggest sport.
The Sydney WPC Clubhouse will remain at Entertainment Quarter until July 1 this year, before moving to a permanent site in the city.
Barrelle says he’s delighted Sydney is the sport’s first Australia home. “We are so excited to show everyone just how fun and social this sport really is. We expect it will be huge in Sydney,” he said.
Sun Herald. Jan 24, 2016.
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