The history of Padel in the USA
Padel was first introduced to the United States in 1993 by Ed Thompson and Felipe Arnold in Houston, Texas at the renowned Houstonian Hotel Club and Spa. They were proud to have the very first ever padel court constructed in the country.
Felipe being a native of Argentina where padel made its initial successful debut was impressed with the growth of the sport in Argentina in just a few short years which inspired him to bring it to the United States. One of the founders first goals was to form the very first ever men's US padel team. The first men's padel team was formed in 1993 by choosing six of the most elite tennis players in the Houston area.
The first men selected for the U.S. Team where: Mike May, Scott Read, Matt Berry, Brian Poynter, Ross Persons and Peter Farrel. Mike May the team captain at the time eventually became the first president of the United States Padel Association in 1998 while continually playing professional padel as well. The USPA has to date had five presidents, these are Mike May, Pilar Graham, Sergio Ortiz, Marcos Del Pilar and Martin Sweeney. In March of 2022 the USPA produced the Senior World Championship's, this was the first ever international padel championship in the USA and one of the most attended amateur Padel events in the world.