A RACKET sport phenomenon backed by Andy, Jamie and Judy Murray is now available to play in Glasgow. 

Game4Padel has installed three new padel courts at Golf It! near Hogganfield Loch. 

Padel is a new sport that is similar to both squash and tennis that is played on a court a third the size of a tennis court with a hard bat and tennis ball. 

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The fast-paced sport is normally played in doubles pairs known for its mental and physical benefits and no previous racket experience is needed. 

The glass-walled padel courts are floodlit and covered by a canopy meaning play can continue into the evening and during the rain. 

Jamie Murray said: "It’s great that padel has made it to Glasgow.

"I first played padel when I was in Spain and it’s a brilliant game.

"I think the social side of it will really appeal to people here. I encourage everyone to give it a go."

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An open day for anyone wanting to try out the sport will take place on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17 with free coaching clinics and trial sessions. 

Russ Smith, Golf It! general manager, said: "We are thrilled to welcome our friends at Game4Padel to Golf It! – offering families another opportunity to play together in the fresh air and have fun.

"Our goal is to make golf accessible to all – and being able to also serve up Padel, the world’s fastest-growing sport in an affordable, easy manner, for our community and the people of Glasgow is an exciting addition to our venue.

"Family, fitness, fun – it’s all right here. Come see for yourself and get involved."

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Michael Gradon, Game4Padel CEO, added: "We are delighted to be a part of this exciting new development in Glasgow.

"Padel is a sport that can build communities because of its social aspects and the fact that almost anyone can play regardless of their background or sporting ability.

"It therefore fits perfectly into what The R&A are trying to achieve with Golf It! being accessible, fun and easy for beginners to pick up.

"We expect the courts here to be a big success and look forward to future opportunities with The R&A and other venues looking to diversify their facilities to attract a new audience."

The padel courts are available to be booked now via the Golf It! or Game4Padel websites.