The Padel House opened on Kent Street in Williamsburg on July 10, making Brooklyn home to New York’s first padel club.
Padel is a tennis-like sport that was invented in Mexico in the 1960s. It became popular in Argentina and Spain and gradually spread throughout Europe.
Padel House founder Santiago Gomez has been playing the game for over 20 years in his native Mexico. When he moved to the city 12 years ago, he was surprised that there were no padel clubs here.
“During the pandemic, I was going to Mexico where I have courts at home and playing every day, but why not bring that to New York?” he said.
Since opening, many new and old players have come to play padel.
Former tennis player and padel enthusiast Daniel Weiss Fisch said, “I find padel easy to learn and the learning curve social.
Newcomers Casey Oldford and Josh Rosenberg enjoyed their experience at the Padel House.
“It was difficult at first, but then it got easier,” Oldford said.
Rosenberg, who played tennis in college, finds padel easier in comparison.
“I feel like I can hit the ball better. It’s really fun,” he said.
Padel Haus now offers monthly memberships and day passes.