The fastest growing sport

Padel is the fastest growing sport in Netherlands. Padel is a racket sport that can best be described as a hybrid between tennis and squash. It is a fast-paced, social sport that is easy to learn and suitable for all ages. Padel is more about strategy and cooperation between you and your partner rather than strength and serving competency. 

 

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. TA regular padel pitch is
10 x 20 meter and is surrounded by walls. On this type of pitch, games are always played in doubles. 

Padel Rules

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.

Short list

  • On a regular floor (10x20m) you always play doubles

  • Scoring is the same as tennis

  • The lines on the pitch are only used for serve

  • Serves must be hit underhand and bounce in the opponents' server box

  • Serve may bounce up in the glass wall, but if it bounces on the cage grid, it is incorrect

  • You have two services on you

  • If the ball goes directly into the opponent's wall, it counts as out. Before the ball hits the opponent's wall,
    it must bounce in the ground.

  • You can play the ball on volley (not on serve)

  • You can also hit the ball on your own glass wall to get it over to the opponents' half of the field

  • You must not hit the ball in the grid on your own side

How to win points

  • ​The ball bounces in the ground twice on the opponent's side

  • The opponent hits the ball into the net.

  • The opponent hits the ball, ie directly out of the cage or directly on one of your walls.

  • The opponent hits the ball into his/hers own cage grid.

  • An opponent is hit by the ball somewhere other than the racket.

  • The opponent makes a "double hit".

  • The opponent touches the net or net post.

  • The opponent's ball hits an outside object. For example, lamps or ceiling beams.

  • The ball hits a lying ball on the opponent's side.