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Kids playing Padder tennis nz
Kids playing Padder tennis nz

About Us

Finding Inspiration in Every Turn

Padder Tennis New Zealand Incorporated (PTNZI) is a nationally operating not-for-profit incorporated society and the governing body for Padder Tennis in New Zealand. Our purpose is to provide means for young people to find enjoyment, reward, and social inclusion and to better their health through Padder Tennis. Our vision is to see Padder Tennis grow to be a school playground sport, providing opportunities for tamariki to be active at break times and before/after school. Ultimately, we aim to encourage participation and competition in the hopes that this will translate to youth partaking in club and high-performance level tennis.

BP Tennis foundation squad 1983
Coach Kingi | Padder Tennis New Zealand


As an 8-year-old, Paul Grubi played Padder Tennis with his friends at Marist Wilton School in Wellington, New Zealand. One friend in particular, Craig Mutch, has also remained a die-hard Padder Tennis fan and currently holds a board member position with Padder Tennis New Zealand. Both Craig and Paul went on to play tennis at a national junior level before attending US tennis scholarships. Paul went on to play professional tennis and found coaching as his career choice before coming back to his roots.

Now, Paul has a vision to give all Kiwi kids the opportunity to play Padder Tennis at school so that they have all the necessary skills to move on to tennis!

PTNZ Board Team

Paul Grubi


“We are reviving the iconic New Zealand school playground game so more kids have free access to build the necessary skills required for all racquet sports, particularly tennis.”

Pauls Grubi | FOunder & CEO | |  Padder Tennis New Zealand

What Teachers & Kids Say

PTiS | Padder Tennis New Zealand

"Padder Tennis is close to being our all-time favourite game at Halcombe School. Kids bring their own homemade bats to school and the break time battles are epic! We also have an inter-house competition where the senior students battle it out. Lots of staff play too!!”

Di - Fielding, Manawatu

Our Partners

Nuku Ora logo |  Padder Tennis New Zealand
PelorusTrust | Padder Tennis New Zealand
PCL  | Padder Tennis New Zealand
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