Padel

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What is padel?

Padel introduction.

Padel is a racket sport with ingredients of squash and tennis. The double game is by far the most common form played in padel. Padel has a lot in common with tennis, the main goal is to play the ball over the net and make sure that your opponents can’t play the ball back. You’ll get a point when the ball has bounced twice.

The big difference between padel and other similar sports is the field. Padel has glass walls that are used during the game, the ball can be played via these walls in order to score a point. This allows the players to have longer rallies and more fun at all levels since the sport is so much more dynamic. Another aspect that makes the game drastically different from tennis is the size of the court and the rackets. A padel field is a lot smaller than a tennis court and therefore tactics are more important than power. And the rackets are smaller.

The history of padel.

Padel was founded in 1969 in the Mexican city Acapulco. Enrique Corcuera is the original founder of the sport. When he built his house, he encountered the problem that there was not enough space to lay down tennis courts. As a result, he came up with a similar sport that ultimately laid the foundation for the sport we know today: padel.

In the early years, padel was played only by the rich of Mexico, but a friend of Corcuera, Alfonso De Hohenlohe, brought the sport to Marbella, Spain. At first, padel was also only played by the rich Spaniards, but this quickly turned into a huge growth throughout the country. Padel was also transferred to Argentina by another friend of

Alfonso’s. It quickly grew into a national sport in Argentina. Currently, padel is one of the world’s fastest-growing sports with over 15 million players globally.

 

The court.

Padel is played most in a doubles game. The field is 10m x 20m, in a singles game the field is 6m x 20m. The field is always divided into two by a net. The field also has three rectangles, two of them are used for serving. The other one can show you when the ball is not served in the right box.

The glass walls are often 3 meters high and the sides of the field are made of a metal grid, where the ball often bounces off uncontrollably, this gives an extra dimension to the game. The surface often consists of artificial grass but there are also courts where the surface is made of gravel or concrete.

 

Padel rules. 

Serve

  1.             First serve is played from the right, then the serving party plays alternately
  2.             The serve is played privately and the ball remains at the height of the hip
  3.             The serce must not touch the net and must not be played so that it touches the grid. The service can hit the glass after the bounce
  4.             The server has 2 tries
  5.             The ball must bounce before the opponent can hit the ball back
  6.             The receiver can decide for himself whether the ball is played back before or after the glass
  7.             The other party serves after a game is ended

 After serving

  1.             The lines do not have any purpose after the service. These lines only indicate the box in which the service must be played
  2.             The ball may not touch the glass or the railing until the ball has hit the ground. Every ball that hits the window or fence first is out
  3.             The receiver can play the ball back by playing back against the own glass, playing back against the fence is always out
  4.             If the ball is knocked out of the cage through the ground there is still an opportunity to hit the ball back, if the ball bounces outside the cage the point is for the person who has hit the ball

Score

  1.             As with tennis, the score is 15, 30, 40 and game. Deuce is played at 40-40. At a high level they play a golden point. You don’t have to score two consecutive points to win the game, but you play 1 point at 40-40
  2.             After an odd number of games, the teams switch sides
  3.             A set is won when winning 6 games, importantly, there should always be two games difference. At 6-6, a tie-break is played, up to seven points with two points difference

 

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