The game.


The game

What is padel?

Padel is a rapidly growing sport that blends elements from tennis, squash, and badminton. It is played on a smaller court surrounded by glass or metal walls, which players can use as part of the game.

It’s a fun, social, and competitive sport that’s easy to pick up and play.

Rules and basics

How to play?

Basic information

Main rules

Welcome to an introduction to the captivating world of Padel Tennis! Here, you’ll find an overview of the fundamental rules of this dynamic sport.

For a more detailed version of the rulebook, we’re pleased to direct you to the official page of the International Padel Federation.

Basic rules and differences from tennis
  • Padel is played in doubles, with two players on each half of the court separated by a net, much like tennis. The rules share similarities with tennis but also feature distinct differences, including:
  • Different court sizes and structures, including the use of walls.
  • Use of specific paddles and balls.
    Execution of the serve from below (underhand serve), as opposed to tennis.
  • Inclusion of walls in play, akin to squash.

Players. Padel is typically played in doubles, meaning there are two players on each team.

Equipment. Players use padel rackets, which are solid without strings, and a low compression padel ball, similar to a tennis ball but with slightly less pressure.


When scoring, the points of the serving team are always mentioned first, followed by those of the receiving team. To win a set, a team must secure two sets. The scoring goes as follows:

  • A set is won when a team first wins six games with a lead of at least two games (e.g., “6-3”, “4-6”). If the score reaches “5-5”, two additional games are needed to win with a lead of two games (“7-5” or “5-7”). In case of a tie at “6-6”, a tie-break is played.
  • Scoring within a game progresses incrementally: “0” (or “love”), “15”, “30”, “40”, followed by game point.

The serve is executed at the start of each point and must adhere to specific rules:

  • The serve is made from behind the service line and must be an underhand serve, with the ball struck below the waist.
  • The ball must be played diagonally over the net and land in the opponent’s service box.
  • The serving side alternates after each point, and the first serve of a game is from the right side of the server.
Return of Serve and Play Throughout

Receiving the serve and playing the game itself require precise timing and strategic thinking:

  • Players of the receiving team can position themselves freely on their half of the court.
  • The ball must bounce once on the court after the serve before being returned.
  • The point is lost if the ball hits the net, touches the player’s own court, or is touched by a player more than once consecutively.

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