Padel is a racquet sport which is played in doubles on an enclosed court made of glass. It can be played outdoors or indoors.
The sport combines the elements of tennis, squash, racquetball and badminton.
Padel has become the fastest growing racquet sport in the world.
Since the Padel court is a third of the size of a tennis court, players are much closer than in tennis which means that it is easier to communicate between rallies, even with the opponents. That makes the match more fun.
Padel is extremely fun, social and accessible for all ages and abilities. The game is quick and easy to learn with rallies lasting longer than normal tennis, making it an addictive sport to play.
We start with two teams of two players each, doubles. The courts is divided by a net across the middle. We will need to have a padel bat to hit the ball and the right equipment.
The ball is similar to a tennis ball but with a lower compression. The ball is allowed to bounce only once and it can touch the back and sidewalls, after the allowed bounce.
The point starts with a serve which must be hit to the opposite service box and crosscourt.
All Games in Padel start with the “server” on the right side of the Padel court behind the service line, serving into the receiver's left service box. Games always start from the right side. After a point, the server switches to the left side and serves into the opponent's right service box and continues this way until a game is won. The next game starts with the server on the right side again.
The serve must be hit under the servers waistline. with 2 attempts allowed (first and second serve as in tennis).
The ball must bounce off the ground before touching any sidewall or fence. It can then be played again by the opponent before the second bounce.
All shots are allowed! Volley, Bandeja, lob, smash, rebounds of the back/side wall, double rebounds, forehand, backhand, and any other shot you can hit!
Mostly if you and your partner are at the net, it will mean that you can gain a point by attacking from your net position.
If the opponents are playing at the net, you can defend with lobs and win the position at the net. Unlike other sports you can win lots of points defending at the back of the court if you are good defender!
The point system is exactly the same as tennis where the best of three sets wins the match.
Six games are needed to win a set, and two sets to win a match. A set is won when a team reaches six games by a difference of two or more games over the other team. Players will play a 7 points tie-break if the score reaches 6/6 it will be won by a difference of 2 points (i.e. 10-8)
To win a game the point count follows that of tennis as well (i.e. 15, 30, 40 and game).
Padel follows the tennis rules set up to ensure fair play.
A player has to win six games, and at least two more games than the opponents, to claim a set, A match is played over a best of three set format so the final set score can be either 2-0 or 2-1. Players switch sides after every odd game, first, third, fifth games and so on. Players also switch sides at the end of a set if they have played an odd number of games. If the total is even, players switch sides after the first game of the subsequent set.