Padel is a popular racquet sport that is played around the world. It is a combination of tennis and squash and is played on an enclosed court. The game is played in doubles and is a fun and exciting way to stay active and competitive. In this blog, we will discuss the basic rules of play in padel.
Padel Court and Equipment
The padel court is 20 meters long and 10 meters wide. The court is divided into two halves by a net that is 88 cm high in the middle and 92 cm high at the sides. The court is surrounded by walls that are 3 meters high. The walls are used in play, and the ball can be hit off them as long as it lands within the court boundaries. The court has a service box on each side, which is smaller than the rest of the court.
The equipment used in padel includes a padel racket and a padel ball. The padel racket is similar to a tennis racket, but it is smaller and has no strings. The padel ball is similar to a tennis ball, but it is slightly smaller, less pressurised, and has a lower bounce.
Padel Tournaments Scoring
Scoring works exactly the same as in the game of tennis, namely 15, 30, 40, and game, with a deuce at 40-40. In case of deuce two consecutive points need to be scored in order to win the game.
Most of the time, padel matches are played in a best-of-three format, meaning that two sets need to be won in order to win the match. A set is won by the team that first wins 6 games, with a two game difference.
So in case the score is 6-5, one more game needs to be won by the team with 6 in order to win the set. In case of a 6-6 draw in the set, a tie-break is played. Tiebreaks are played till 7 points, with a two point difference. This means you keep playing when the score is 7-6 until either team has a two point advantage over the other team. in which case that team wins the tiebreak and thereby the set.
Padel Game play
The game is played in doubles, with two players on each team. The objective of the game is to hit the ball over the net and into the opponent’s court in such a way that they cannot return it. The game starts with a serve, which must be hit underhand and the ball must bounce once in the service box diagonally opposite the server. The serve is allowed two attempts, and if both attempts fail, the serve is lost.
Once the ball is in play, the players can hit it off the walls or over the net. The ball can only bounce once on your side of the court, and it must land within the court boundaries. The ball can be hit off the walls, but it must land within the court boundaries to be considered a valid shot.
If the ball hits the net and lands in the opponent’s court, the point is played again. If the ball hits the net and lands in the server’s court, the point is lost. If the ball goes out of bounds, the point is lost. The game is won by the team that reaches six points first, with a difference of two points. If the game is tied at six points, a tiebreaker is played, and the first team to reach seven points wins.
In conclusion, padel is a fun and exciting sport that is easy to learn and play. The rules are simple, and the game can be played by people of all ages and skill levels. So grab a racket, find a partner, and head to the court to experience the thrill of padel.