Padel, a combination of tennis and squash and played across five continents by over 10 million globally, is being introduced in India by InPadel, a sports start-up venture promoted by first generation sports personalities. Bengaluru will have the honour of getting the first Padel facility in India.
InPadel will offer integrated solution to promote and nurture Padel in India and its offering will include designing, construction and installation of Padel courts, management of Padel courts, offering qualified coaches to train Padel enthusiasts and organising events and tournaments.
With the help of the newly formed Indian Padel Federation, InPadel over the next few years plans to achieve a critical mass in the game and also aims to facilitate formation of an Indian team to play in international Padel tournaments.
The two men responsible for bringing the game to India are Ronnie Sehgal and Bhavish Bachu. Sehgal is a former national level tennis player, turned sports entrepreneur and CEO of Bulldog Sportz Management P Ltd. He is responsible for bringing Padel to India and is also the co-founder of InPadel.
Bachu, a Portuguese citizen of Indian descent, with business interests in Portugal and Mozambique is the co-founder and CEO of InPadel.
Andres Stamile of Canada, a former international player and junior champion and currently an international Padel Coach will nurture the sport in India as head coach of InPadel.
To begin with, InPadel will roll out Padel in three locations in Bengaluru – Play Arena, Sarjapur Road, Bulldog Sports and Recreation Center, Hennur Road and Bulldog Tennis Academy, Kanakapura Road. Within 24 months, 10 more Padel Courts will be set up across Bengaluru. According to Ronnie Sehgal, many clubs in Bengaluru have evinced interest to set up Padel courts in their premise and in the next few months we should finalise them.
Namma Bengaluru will host the country’s first Padel tournament on March 25, with 16 teams participating in it. The tournament will be held at Play Arena, Sarjapur Road.