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- Padel is a racquet sport which is played in doubles only.
- It can be played indoors or outdoors.
- Players are enclosed in an area measuring 10 by 20 metres with transparent walls and wire mesh fencing in places.
- The two teams are separated by a tennis net and the court is marked out with lines and service boxes.
- Walls around the court mean that the ball can bounce in unexpected directions to spice up the game!
- Padel uses the same scoring system as tennis.
- Six games are needed to win a set and the team which wins two sets wins the game.
- A game is scored exactly the same as in tennis, i.e. 15/0, 30/0, 40/0, advantage, deuce, etc.
- If a set reaches a 6/6 draw, there is a tie-breaker as in tennis.
- A game is started by serving diagonally as in tennis, with two serve attempts allowed (ﬁrst and second service).
- The server must be behind the service line.
- The returner may stand wherever they like on the court, diagonally opposite the server.
- The server ﬁrst bounces the ball then hits it below waist level.
- The ball must bounce in the service box opposite before being hit by the returner.
- If the ball does not bounce in the box, it is a fault.
- If it bounces in the box and hits the wire mesh fencing before crossing the service line (on the returner’s side), it is also a fault.
- If the ball hits the net and bounces in the box it is a let. If it touches the wire mesh fencing before the second bounce, it is a fault.
- Once the ball is in play, all balls which cross the net must ﬁrst bounce on the ground on the opponent’s side before hitting a wall.
- Players may hit a ball as a volley.
- Players may hit the ball after it has bounced on a wall to send it back to the opponent’s side.
- Just as in tennis, the ball may only bounce once in your side, and it may only be hit once.
- You may smash the ball hard so that it goes out after it bounces!
- But the opposing team may run to try and hit it back into play.
- This type of point is particularly exciting!