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Exciting blend from tennis and squash. Nowadays there are 6.5 million players in 18 different countries. This sport is played in couples and the walls are part of the game. Padel is easy to learn and is suitable for young and old!
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These short rules are meant as a basic introduction.
Padel is almost always played in pairs.
The score in padel is the same as in tennis, i.e. 15, 30, 40 and game, with deuce at 40-40. To win the game, two consecutive points must be scored. Padel matches are generally played the “best-of-three” sets, or until two sets have been won, whereby one set is won by the team which has first won six games with two games of difference. If the score is 6-6, a tie-break is played, which would go up to seven games scored with two games of difference.
The service is negotiated between the parties. The first service is played from the right-hand side and will then switch between left and right. The ball shall bounce once after the central service line (which limits this area called receiving box to 7x5m), between the central service line and the sides. It is allowed to serve from below or above the waist level. The service shall not touch the net and bounce directly in the opponent’s receiving box located diagonally. After that, the ball may bounce on the wall, but may not touch the metallic fencing (fault service). The receiver can decide whether to play the ball back before or after the ball touches the wall. As soon as the ball has bounced correctly on the receiving box and is correctly returned back, both court halves of 10x10 may be used. If the ball hits the net on the first or second service and lands afterwards in the receiving box, the service shall be repeated.
During the rallies the ball may touch the field only once. The player may choose whether to let the ball bounce or to volley. If the ball bounces it may not have touched the wall or the metallic fencing first, otherwise it is a fault. After the ball has bounced, it may touch the wall or the metallic fencing once or several times before it is played back again. The receiver may hit the ball directly back to the opponent’s area or play it back using the side or back walls. If the ball hits the metallic fencing before it reaches the net, it is a fault. If the ball is sent above the wall (4 metres high) or the metallic fencing (3 metres high), it is normally a point; sometimes there is a rule which allows players to hit the ball back into the game from outside the court. The game follows these rules, until the ball bounces twice on the court or a player somehow fails to follow the rules.
If you would like to know more about these regulations, go to the website of the International Padel Federation.