The rules of padel is similar to tennis but padel is played on a smaller court surrounded by walls. The game can be played in singles or doubles format.
Padel tennis is typically played in 3 sets, with each set consisting of six games. The winner of a set is the first team to reach six games, with a two-game lead. If the score reaches 6-6, a tiebreaker is played to determine the winner. The first team to win seven points wins the tiebreaker.
Points are scored when the opposing team fails to return the ball, hits the ball out of bounds or hits the ball into the net. The score is normally counted just like in tennis (15, 30, 40, game).
The serve in padel must be executed underhand, and the ball must bounce once before being struck by the server.
The serve must be made from behind the baseline, and it must land in the diagonally opposite service box. The server must also stand outside the service box, with at least one foot behind the baseline.
The serve is considered a fault if it hits the net or lands outside the court boundaries. If the ball hits the net during a serve, it is considered a let, and the server gets another opportunity to serve without penalty.
The walls surrounding the padel court are considered in-bounds, and the ball can be played off the walls during a rally.
A player can hit the ball off the walls in any direction, including over the net.
After the serve, the ball must bounce once on the ground before it can be returned by the opposing team. Once the ball has been returned, both teams can play the ball off the bounce or off the walls. However, the ball must always bounce once on the ground before it can be hit again.
A fault is committed when a player fails to return the ball, hits the ball out of bounds, hits the ball into the net, or commits a foot fault. The opposing team is awarded a point when a fault is committed.
A let is called when there is interference with play, such as a ball rolling onto the court from another court, or when a player is not ready to receive the serve. In such cases, the point is replayed without penalty.
Overall, padel is a fast-paced and exciting sport that can be enjoyed by players of all skill levels. Understanding the rules of the game is essential to playing and enjoying padel.