What are the Rules of Padel?

Padel is a rapidly flourishing racquet sport and is a doubles game. The special feature of the game is that it fuses squash, tennis, and badminton. The game is a highlight in Latin America and Spain and grabbing the attention of sports enthusiasts across the globe. The best aspect of the padel is that it is an indoor as well as an outdoor game. The game set up lures in more tennis lovers. 

The gameplay is as per the rules of tennis and has walls hemmed in on all sides. The game requires half of the tennis court and bordered all sides with meshed and glass panels. Obtaining a good grip over the rules of the game assists players in enjoying the game. Here are a few rules of Padel for a better understanding of the game.

Rules of Padel
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Rules of Padel

  • Scoring: The scores part of Padel is similar to the tennis to be exact 15, 30, 40, and a game including the 40-40 deuce. It is mandatory for two successive points wining, at times of deuce to win the game. The best of three formats in padel matches are crucial and two sets to be won for winning the match. To win a set, the team needs to win 6 games with a game difference of two. At times of draw with a 6-6 score, a tie break play is mandatory. The match is with 3 sets and 6 games in each set. The winners are two out of the three sets.
  • Player’s position: each player pair, stands on either side of the net. The ball is in play by the server and the receiver present diagonally in front of the server receives the ball. The receiver is in any part of the court on their side. 
  • Service: The serves are underhanded as in tennis diagonally with two attempts. The ball must bounce in the opposite service box before hitting it by the receiver. If the ball hits the net and then into the box, it is a “let”. It is a fault if the ball doesn’t bounce in the box. In cases were the ball bounces in the box and reaches the mesh fence without crossing the server line, it is a fault.
  • Ball in play: the ball needs to bounce the playfield before hitting it. The ball must play the volley or bounce. Even before hitting the fence or wall, the ball must bounce the field. It is a foul if the ball hits the fence or wall before it hits the playing field. Once the ball gains a bounce it may hit the fence or wall more times before hit over the net. It is a foul if the ball hits the fence before passing over the net. It is a good point if the ball hits the fence after hitting the playfield. In a few scenarios, players move out of the cage to drive the ball in. In such cases, before the ball bounces the ground outside, it needs to be hit in.
  • Serve return: The receiver will have to wait for the ball to bounce in the receiving service box and hit the ball before a second bounce. The receiving players decide on the one to receive and will continue to receive the initial set till the end of the game set. Receiving the serve is in an alternative manner as agreed before and is not altered during that particular set. Changes happen during a new set. If the ball hits the receiver’s racquet on the receiving side before bouncing the field, then the point favors the server.
  • Net service: In the game of padel as the ball touches the net, a second serve is acceptable in few scenarios. During the service, if the ball touches the supporting posts or net and lands in the receiver service box and is not in touch with the metallic fence before the ball bounces the second time, then a second serve is allowable. A second chance is available if the service ball touches the net and hits the article carried or worn by the player or any player.
  • Interference: Interference happens when a player hinders the opponent while implementing a shot. At times it may be involuntary action, and if the referee decides to be an intentional action, the obstructed player is given a point. Unintentional actions are lead to “let” or repeated points.
  • Let: The padel game has “Let” points meaning repeated points. This usually happens during interruptions that aren’t corresponding to the game.  For example, elements entering the play area without any link to the game, ball splitting during the game, and other interruptions the game.
  • Faults: The teams face a fault if the player’s racquet or anything carried or worn touches the tension cable, net post, net, or any of the opponent’s court. A fault happens by returning the ball after a second bounce. Hitting the ball before going over the net while arriving from the opponent court leads to a fault. Hitting the ball twice in any scenario by the player is a fault. The player with two successive service faults leads to a fault. Playing with a racquet not linked to the player and throwing racquet to receive the ball is a fault. When any player intentionally or unintentionally jumps the net, it leads to a fault.
  • Point win: This happens as the ball bounces in the opponent court move out through any metallic hole in the fence or stuck. Winning points are possible as the ball stuck on the flat horizontal surface after bouncing in the opponent’s court.

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Conclusion

Padel is a simple sport that does not require many accessories. The rules of Padel are obtained from International Padel Federation (FIP) and given in detail for smooth and clear gameplay. As the gameplay is similar to tennis, all tennis lovers would love to play padel. Players are more delighted for the exciting gameplay in the fence and thrilling moments.

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