Padel Court Dimensions: An Ultimate Guide

Padel is one of the popular games in the country and is one of the best entertainments for people of all ages. Being a hybrid sport, encompassing the rules and game style of squash and tennis, it has never failed to impress its enthusiasts. Many players of padel games, still have confusion about the court dimensions as it is a mix of many different games. Players also at times end up playing foul and losing points as they lack the clarity of the court dimensions. Let us discuss the dimensions of the padel court and some key points in ascertaining the rules and regulations about the court dimensions, that can indeed have a tremendous impact at times on your game and your scores.       

How a Padel Court Should Be?

As we generally know the court of the padel sport is rectangular. The court of the padel sport must be enclosed at all three sides by walls. The dimensions of the court are about,

  • Length – 20 meters
  • Width – 10 meters
  • Back wall – the back wall of the court should be three meters high and 2 meters wise
  • Sidewall – The sidewall of the court is the same as that of the Back wall
  • Net – The Net of the court should divide equally into two halves. 
  • Height of the net – The height of the net should be 92cms at the sides and about 88 cms. in the center
  • Service Line – The service line is about 3 meters before the back wall.

Check out: The Rules of Padel Sport

Parameters of the Padel Court in Detail

Though the Padel game is generated from tennis, the playable area in padel is bigger than that of a single’s tennis. As we have seen the parameters of the padel court in a nutshell above, let us discuss each of these parameters in detail here.

1. The ground or the base of the padel court

 The Base ground of the padel court should be made up of hard surfaces such as cement or concrete. Some players prefer the base to be constructed of a softer surface such as synthetic glass or synthetic material. While considering artificial ground such as glass, the best colors are blue, green or terracotta. Black floors are generally not accepted for padel courts. 

Apart from the material of construction, the ground of the padel court should have an even texture so that it allows for effortless playing by the player. It should be able to absorb moisture the water and if water tends to accumulate water in the court, there should be a system to eliminate or avoid water. The ground of the court should have uniform color preferably in contrast with the wall. 

2. Entrance to the court

Padel game is generally played in an enclosed surface and the access for the court can be on either side of the court, with or without a door. But if the court only has a single point of entry, it is also okay. The door handles should not be on the side of the court facing outdoors, as it might disturb the game. The entrance should be symmetrical to the center of the court. And the access should be at the level of the net. 

3. Service lines

The court of the padel game, as we discussed before is rectangular in shape and is divided into two halves with the help of a net.  There is a service line on each side of the court, parallel to the net. These service lines are exactly at the distance of 22 feet and 8 inches on either side. The Service zone has two perpendicular lines to denote the center service line in the middle. 

Almost all of the courts have these service lines in dark colors, and in colors that are in contract with the floor, preferably white and black. 

4. The Net and the post

We have already given the dimensions of the net and caution is exerted to lower the level of the net in the center. There should be no gap between the net and the post and it should be completely extended. There is no need to keep the net tensed and the post preferably should have round edges to avoid accidents. The posts should be out of the court dimensions, as they are not part of the game.

5. Walls and enclosures around the court

The padel court should always be enclosed at all sides. The back wall should have 75% enclosures with solid glass or concrete walls and the rest of the 25% should be covered with the fence. Similarly, the side enclosures should be mixed with fence and solid enclosing the same as that of the back wall. The joints of the enclosures should be made even, smooth and free from obstacles, to ensure an even ball bounce. The color of the walls is expected to be uniform and contrast with the color of the floor, to enhance visibility. 

Significance of the Court Dimensions with the Game and its Scores

  • The court of the padel game should be uniform and without obstacles to help with optimal ball bounce and scoring
  • The Padel sport is played in doubles and the lines of the court are used only for serves
  • The serve has to reach the service box of the opponent’s side. The serve can bounce in the glass, but it should not bounce in the fence of the back wall.
  • If the ball hits the fence or glass before it bounces, it does get any point.
  • While receiving the ball, you can allow it to bounce in the glass after it bounces on the ground
  • You can use the glass on your side to hit the ball to the opposite side of the net
  • You should not hit the ball on the fence of your side.

Overall

Thus, the glass and the fence of the padel court along with the net and the ground are parts of the game. There are specific rules to use them and to score points through them. Perhaps it is the only game that throws pertinent importance to the physical structures and enclosures around the game and the players.

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