Padel Rules

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Padel rules

The sport that combines elements of tennis and squash, is played on an enclosed court smaller than a tennis court, with walls that can be used in play; let’s dive together into padel rules!

This unique racket sport has gained immense popularity for its dynamic gameplay and social aspect.

Here’s a concise guide to padel rules to get you started.

Scoring and Game Structure

Scoring System: Padel follows the same scoring system as tennis, with points called “15”, “30”, “40”, and the game won after the fourth point unless it reaches “deuce”.

From “deuce”, a two-point advantage is needed to win the game.

Matches are typically best of three sets, with a tie-break to decide a set at 6-6.

Tie-Break: In a tie-break, players aim to reach 7 points with at least a two-point lead. The service alternates starting with a single serve from the right, followed by two serves by the opposing team, and so on.

Serving and Gameplay

Service Rules: The serve must be underhand, with the ball hit diagonally across the court into the opponent’s box. The server gets two attempts to make a valid serve.

Court Changes and Intervals: Players switch sides after the first, third, and every subsequent odd game of each set.

During a tie-break, sides are changed after every 6 points.

Breaks are brief, with specific rules for warm-up times, rest between sets, and delays for unforeseen events like weather.

Playing the Ball

Using the Walls: Unlike tennis, in padel, the ball can bounce off the walls on either side of the court, adding a layer of strategy and skill to the game.

Double Hits and Safety: Double hits are not allowed, and players must use rackets attached to a wrist strap for safety.

Ball Out of Court: If a ball goes out of the court boundaries after a bounce within the court, players have the chance to play the ball back into play before it bounces a second time.

Padel is a fast-growing sport that emphasizes skill, strategy, and teamwork; click here to better visualize the rules of this sport!

Its unique rules such as the use of walls make it an engaging and dynamic game.

Whether you’re a beginner or looking to refine your skills, understanding these fundamental rules is the first step to mastering padel and enjoying the game to its fullest.

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