About Padel

HOW TO PLAY PADEL?

Padel is a racket sport that can be regarded as a mixture of tennis and squash.

Padel is one of the world´s fastest growing sports. It is easy to learn and fun to play. For example, it is Spain´s. second biggest sport after football. The rules were established in the early 1970s and the international Padel Federation was set up in 1991. The world championship has been held since 1992. 

Padel is played on a 10×20 metre court with a net in the middle, just like in tennis though smaller. In distinction from tennis, the walls are used, as in squash. A 2.5 metre high wall runs around the court and above that is a further 1 metre high wire mesh.

PADEL RACKET

 A padel racket does not consist of strings as in tennis and squash for example. A padel racket is made of composite material with a perforated surface. The fact that it is not strung means that hitting the ball does not have the same force, rather it has a dampening effect.

BALL

The ball in padel is basically the same as a tennis ball, but somewhat softer and a bit smaller. There rules for how hard the pressure should be, but at amateur level it is fine to play with a completely ordinary tennis ball.

THE WALLS

The glass walls are always a part of the game, but there are some rules for how they can be used. When receiving a ball, you can let it bounce up onto the glass wall after it has bounced on the ground, the ball is then still in play. You can also use your own glass wall to hit the ball back, it can be useful if you are in a tight situation. The ball may only bounce up onto the mesh when you receive it. The balls is then in play if it first bounces on the ground and then up onto the mesh (this does not apply to service). If you hit the ball onto the mesh on your own side then you lose the ball. The rule on your own side is that you may inly utilize the glass wall. If a ball goes directly onto the opponent´s mesh/glass, i.e. does not bounce on the ground first, then the ball is considered to be out.

RULES

  • On an ordinary court (10x20m). doubles is always played
  • Scoring is the same as in tennis
  • The lines on the court are only used when serving
  • Serves must be hit underhand and bounce in the opponent’s service box
  • A serve may bounce up onto the glass wall, but if it bounces on the mesh it is a fault
  • Players have two serves
  • If the ball goes directly in the opponent´s wall it is counted as out. Before the ball hits the opponent’s wall it must bounce on the ground.
  • Volley (not when serving) or half volley can be played, or the ball can bounce on the glass/mesh wall.
  • The ball may also be hit onto the player´s own glass wall to get it over to the opponent´s half the court
  • The player may not hit the ball into the mesh on his/her own side

In many cases the rules in padel are the same as in tennis, however, there are some exceptions, for example, rules concerning

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