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About Padel


Padel is considered a scaled-down version of tennis. Padel is a racquet sport that is becoming increasingly popular. It has gained rapid acceptance due to its simplicity and similarities to other popular racket sports.

The game of padel is always a doubles game, using mainly tennis rules and scoring with some key adaptations such as an underhand serve. The game is played in an enclosed structure and the rules allow for the use of the back wall and sidewalls resulting in longer rallies.

Padel Courts

The area required for a padel court is a little over a third of the size required for a tennis court having a playing surface of only 20m x 10m.

As a result, from the first time on court, novice padel players of all ages and racquet skills can enjoy a well-paced game with plenty of rallies.The Padel court The padel court is rectangular in shape, with a dimension of 10m wide by 20m long. It is divided in the middle by a net. The court is enclosed entirely at the back (the width of the court) and partially on the sides (4m in length) with solid walls. The height of the back wall and sidewalls is 3m. The balance of the court is enclosed with mesh wire that is also 3m high.


Padel Rules


All play in the sport of Padel is doubles format.


In the sport of Padel, the same scoring system is used as in the sport of tennis.


With regard to service, the following rules apply:

• In Padel, all play begins with an underhand serve from the right service court into the opponent’s court diagonally across similar to tennis.

• The server must allow the ball to bounce once before hitting it and the ball must be hit below waist level.

• The serve must land in the opponent’s service box. If the ball bounces in the service box and strikes the side or back wall, it is a valid serve and must be played by the opposing player. If the ball lands in the service box and hits the wire fencing, it is considered a fault.

• The server must keep at least one foot on the ground when hitting the serve. The server’s feet may not touch or cross the service line while serving.

• In Padel, similar to tennis, the server has two opportunities to complete the serve.



The following are considered fair play situations in the sport of Padel:

• The court lines are considered in play only during the initial serve. Otherwise, they are not a factor in determining the outcome of each point in the game between opposing players.

• All players are permitted to play a ball off any of the walls on their own side of the court.


The opposition wins a point when any of the following events occur:

• The ball bounces twice in any area on your side of the court.

• The ball strikes you or your teammate while in play.

• The ball hits the wire fencing, posts or any other fixture before going over the net or landing on the opponent’s court.


The ball is considered out of bounds and a point is given to the opposing players if the ball hits the wire fence or walls before bouncing on the opponent’s side of the court.


The ball can be taken out of the air by any player except on the initial serve and the return of serve.


16-10-2012 Juan Blanco demostrates the game of Padel at the opening of Ireland's first Padel court at Rockbrook Park School, Rathfarnham, Dublin. Andy McDonnell Photography