New balls, please, as padel courts open in Diss
One the world’s fastest growing sports can now be played in Diss.
Two new outdoor padel courts were completed at the end of May at Heywood Health and Fitness in Walcot Road and are now open to the public.
It follows a refurbishment of the club’s tennis courts, five-a-side football pitch and car parks.
The new padel courts are the first – and only – in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Padel is a close relative of tennis. It is predominantly a doubles game played on an enclosed court, a third the size of a tennis court. Scoring is the same as tennis and the balls used are very similar but have less bounce.
The main difference is that the balls can be played off the court walls, similar to squash. The rackets are also solid, with a traditional frame, filled with a dense foam and perforated with large holes.
Padel originated in Mexico, is Spain’s second largest participation sport – ahead of tennis – and may feature at the Olympics by 2028. It is now recognised by the Lawn Tennis Association.