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Sunset Padel
Small, light padel rackets are easier to swing than tennis equipment

We love playing tennis. What we’re not so crazy about? Expensive club memberships, waiting lists for public courts and hours upon hours of tedious practice.

That’s why we’re considering a switch to padel, a popular sport in Europe that’s getting its California debut at Sunset Padel, just between Hollywood and Silverlake. 

Padel is played on a half-size tennis court with glass walls at the back and sides. That’s because, like in racquetball, you can ricochet the ball off a wall to keep it in play.

Unlike tennis, in padel it’s pretty easy to get a long rally going, particularly since the artificial-turf court and 12-inch diameter, foam-filled rackets produce softer ball bounces (meaning you spend less time chasing runaways).

Sunset Padel’s many enthusiasts like to play spontaneous doubles games and linger for Wednesday night paella. Between matches, there’s a clubhouse where you can watch TV, play Ping-Pong and shop imported rackets (from $99; you can rent one for $5). 

Mention PureWow and the club--which is offering an introductory 30 days of unlimited play for $49--will give you your first hour free (a $15 value). What’s more ace than that? 

Sunset Padel, 5115 Sunset Blvd.; 424-477-2335 or

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