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What is Padel?

PadelWhat is Padel?

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The game of Padel has been likened to ‘tennis with walls’ and ‘squash in the sun’. It is a sport that combines the best elements of tennis, squash and racquetball. It has gained tremendous popularity due to its simplicity and similarities to already existing racquet sports.

Padel is played in doubles on an enclosed court measuring 10m wide by 20m long. The rules allow for the use of the back and sidewalls, resulting in longer rallies. The balls used are tennis balls, the scoring the same as tennis…

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Padel (or padel tennis) is a racket sport that can best be described as a cross between tennis and squash. It is a fast-paced, social sport that is easy to learn and suitable for all ages. The great advantage of padel (and probably why the sport has become so popular) is that it is suitable for all ages and levels, since it is not dependent on strength and serving competency. Padel is more about strategy and cooperation between you and your partner, rather than power.
Padel is usually played in doubles. Just like tennis, padel is played on a pitch that is divided by a net, the difference being that in padel, the player also uses the walls, as in squash. A regular padel pitch is 10 x 20 m and is surrounded by walls. On this type of pitch, games are always played in doubles. Padel can also be played in singles on a narrower pitch (6 x 20 m).
To a large extent, the rules of padel are the same as in tennis, except that in padel, you serve by bouncing the ball on the ground and below hip height. In addition, special rules apply with regards to the walls. A padel match is most often the best of three or five sets, with a set being the first side to win six games. In padel, you score points if
- the ball bounces on the ground twice on the opponent's side
- the opponent hits the ball into the net
- the opponent hits the ball outside the play area, i.e. outside of the cage or against one of your walls
- the opponent hits the ball into their own grid
- an opponent is hit by the ball.
Padel is a simple sport that does not require multiple accessories. In principle, it requires a partner, two rackets and a ball. A padel racket is made of a composite material and the playing surface is covered in small holes. As a result, the strokes are less powerful and dynamic. Padel rackets come in three different shapes: round, drop-shaped and diamond-shaped. Since it offers the best control, the round padel racket is considered to be the most suitable for the majority of players, from beginner to competition level. The round racket is usually referred to as the control racket. The ball used to play padel is similar to a tennis ball, only slightly softer.
Padel can be played by everyone. People of all ages, and/or physical condition play Padel.
Yes, because:
- Padel promotes teamwork
- Padel promotes hand-eye coordination
- Padel is easy to learn
A padel racquet is approximately 18 inches in length with a maximum hitting surface of 9.5 by 11 inches. The hitting surface is smooth and contains numerous holes.

The Padel ball is a pressurized tennis ball. All Padel models and the official ball of Padel must be approved by the Padel Federation of Ireland.
- Padel is a marvellous way to gain physical fitness and anyone regardless of their physical shape can play.
- Padel appeals to a wide population.
- Padel is a cross-generational game, meaning grandparents can play with their grandkids and play competitively.
- Padel is an entertaining sport to watch.
- The points last longer than in tennis and racquetball.
- Padel is a family game. Men, women, and youth can compete together without physical strength being the sole determinate of the winner.
- The hits per hour are three to four times more than in tennis.
- The smaller court brings everyone closer, making social conversation a much more integral part of the game. This makes Padel a more social game than tennis, racquetball, and squash.