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The Matcha Club: A boutique padel tennis club in Dubai
The Instagram-worthy facility represents the rapid growth of racquet sports at the recreational level.
Published Dec 30, 2021
Amid the ongoing pandemic, many people are seeking ways to get out while being safe. Tennis isn't the only racquet sport taking off on the recreational level during the COVID-19 era—padel tennis continues to grow as well.
So what is padel? It's often referred to as a cross between tennis and squash with somewhat of a table tennis feel to it. The game has made a footprint in 60 countries and its popularity continues to surge.
One of the latest padel venues is a racquet-lover's dream: "Matcha Club". Opened earlier this year in Dubai, the aesthetically captivating facility holds six dusty-red courts surrounded by stunning greenery. Coaches, group clinics, racquets and more are also offered at the luxury location.
The boutique club is much more than padel courts—it's a place to make connections, enjoy the outdoors and provides a "mindful escape from the hustle." A wellness studio is located at the facility and offers yoga and meditation classes for guests. And, if players are ready to fuel up after a day on the courts, they can now enjoy a laid-back dining experience at "Nette." Designed by chef Shaunne Cordier, the restaurant offers a modern blend between French and Japanese cuisine. Everything from vegan matcha to miso-braised beef French dip sandwiches is available.
With rising interest and participation, it's refreshing to see racquet sports like padel as more than just a game. They are also a way to connect with others, unwind and have a little fun while getting a workout in. The Instagram-worthy Matcha Club represents this growth and it will be interesting to see what lies ahead for this sport in 2022.
Trip to Dubai anyone?