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Brief rules of padel:

  • The game is played on a regular court (10x20m).
  • You always play double.
  • Score is the same as tennis.
  • The lines on the court are only used for the serve.
  • Serve should be hit underneath and bounce into the opponents serve box.
  • Serve may bounce into the glass wall, but if it bounces in the grid it is out.
  • You have two serves.
  • If the ball goes straight into the opponent’s wall, it is counted as out.
  • Before the ball hits the opponent’s wall it must bounce into the ground.
  • You can play volley (not on serve), half-volley or let the ball bounce on glass / the court.
  • You can also hit the ball on your own side glass wall to get it over to the opponent’s plane.
  • You are not allowed to hit the ball in the grid on your own side.

Players will lose a point if:

(Source: regulations-of-the-game-of-padel-fip-2017.pdf)

a) Either of the players, their rackets or anything worn or carried touches the
net, net posts, the tension cable or any part of the opponent’s court while
the ball is in play.

1. Authorized out-of-court play. Above 0.92 metres, and only if authorized,
the dividing vertical post in the doors is considered a neutral zone for
any of the four players, they may touch or hold on to it.

b) The ball bounces for a second time before being returned.

c) When the ball, after bouncing, goes over the marked limit (outer
perimeter) of the court (lateral or end) or through the gate.

1. Authorized out-of-court play. When the ball, after bouncing correctly,
goes out of court over the end wall. If it goes over the sidewall or
through the door the point is lost when the ball bounces for a second
time or touches any element not related to the court.

d) If the player hits the ball before it has gone over the net.

e) If a player returns the ball, either directly or hitting it off the walls of their
court and without bouncing first it hits the walls of the opponents court, the
metallic fence or any element not related to or located on the ground of the
opponents court.

f) If a player returns a ball, either directly or off the walls of their court and
the ball hits the net or net posts and then directly onto one of the walls of
the opposite court, the fence or any element not related to or located on
the ground of the opponents court.

g) If a player hits the ball twice. (Double hit).

h) If after hitting the ball it touches the player playing the ball, their
companion or anything worn by the players.

i) If the ball hits any part of the players or their equipment apart from the
racket after being hit by the opposing team.

j) If a player hits the ball and it touches the metallic fence, any part of the
ground on their own side of the court, or any element not related to the
court located on the ground on their own side of the court.

k) If the ball is hit with a racket thrown at it.

l) If any player jumps over the net while the point is being played.

m) If both players simultaneously or consecutively hit the ball, the point will be lost. The ball may only be played by one member of the team.

NB: It is not considered a double hit when a pair of players tries to hit the
ball simultaneously, one hits it and the other hits their team mate’s racket.

n) If the player who hits the ball has one, both feet, or any part of the own
body out of their court. Unless out-of-court play has been authorized.

o) A player serves two consecutive faults.


The return is correct if:

a) After being hit the ball is volleyed by either one of the opposing team. Or if
it hits any part of the opposing team’s body, clothing or even the racket.

b) The ball after being hit bounces directly into the opposing court or hits the
wall in the players own court first and it then bounces into the opponent’s

c) The ball bounces in the opponent’s court and then hits the metallic fence or
one of the walls.

d) As a result of the direction and force with which the ball is hit, it bounces in
the opponent’s court and then goes out of court, hits the ceiling, the lights
or any other object not related to the court.

e) The ball touches to the net or net posts, and then lands in the opponent’s

f) The ball in play hits an object located on the ground of the opponents court
not related to or part of the court (e.g. another ball).

g) After hitting the ball it bounces correctly into the oppositions court, goes
back into the servers court at which moment the opposition player hits it.
Always provided neither the player, nor any part of his clothing or racket
has touched the net, posts or the opponents court of the opposites and the
ball fulfills the stipulations indicated in points a) to f) above.

h) The ball is “scooped” or pushed it will be considered a correct return
provided the player has not hit it twice, the impact takes place during the
same movement and the natural exit of the ball does not vary

i) The returned ball bounces in the opponent’s court in the angle where the
wall joins the ground (a corner). (This is familiarly called an “egg” and is
considered valid).


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