RULES OF THE GAME
Rules of the game of Padel
Padel is a sport that combines elements of tennis, squash, and badminton. It is played on a smaller court, surrounded by walls, and with a lower net. The game is growing in popularity worldwide, especially in Europe and Latin America.
The first point won will be called, “15” – The second point won “30”, the third point “40” and the fourth “game”. Except, if each pair have equally won three points, at which time will be called, “deuce”.
We use alternative scoring methods: ’No Advantage’, also known as Golden Point. This is a sudden death scenario and is used as a way of speeding up a match result.
The receiving pair will choose whether to receive the service on the right or the left side of the court. The receiving pair cannot change positions to receive the deciding point. The pair that wins the point wins the game.
Every game is 25 minutes long. Before the start of the match, you have the option to a 5-minute warm up to be decided between players. Note that these 5 minutes will be taken off your total game time.
The game must be completed with a winner. In case the score is for example 4-4, 15-15, then the following ball will be decisive. If you become distracted by the tournament director calling the time, you are able to re-play the ball.
The winning team comes up to the tournament director to register the scores after each game.
History of Padel
Padel was first played in Mexico in the 1960s. It was invented by Enrique Corcuera, who was looking for a way to make tennis more accessible to the general public. He wanted to create a sport that could be played on smaller courts, with less expensive equipment, and by people of all skill levels.
Spread of Padel
Padel quickly spread to other parts of Latin America, and by the 1970s, it was being played in Spain, where it gained a significant following. From there, it spread to other parts of Europe, and today it is played in countries all over the world, including the United States, Canada, and Australia. The latest boom in popularity is in Scandinavia.
Padel in the 21st Century
In recent years, padel has seen an explosion of popularity, with new clubs and facilities being built all over the world. The sport is now governed by the World Padel Tour, which organizes professional tournaments and oversees the development of the sport. With its combination of speed, skill, and strategy, padel is becoming a favorite among players of all ages and skill levels.
Padel and the Olympics
Padel is not yet an Olympic sport, but it’s recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as an emerging sport. The World Padel Tour and the International Padel Federation are working to promote the sport to the IOC and to get it included in future Olympic Games. With its growing popularity and the support of the IOC, it’s possible that padel could become an Olympic sport in the future.
Padel has been traditionally considered a men’s sport, but in recent years, it has seen an increase in the number of women participating. Women’s padel has its own tournaments, the most important being the Femme Open, which began in 2018. Padel is a very inclusive sport and it is easy for women to get involved in the sport, as it is a less physically demanding sport than tennis, making it accessible to a wider range of women. The increasing popularity of the sport among women is also helped by the fact that it can be played by people of all skill levels, and that it is a fun and social sport that can be enjoyed by players of all ages.