Enrique Corcuera is credited with inventing padel in the 1969 at his home in Acapulco, Mexico. The concept was brought to Spain by Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe who refined the game and opened the first padel court at his hotel in Marbella, in 1974. After a big blast in Argentina in the 90s, the new century saw an increase in popularity on Spanish soil. Spain is currently the biggest padel market in the world. This is reflected in the existence of the World Padel Tour, a professional padel circuit headquartered in Spain where most of the professional tournaments take place.