What is padel?

Padel is tennis without the frustration. Padel is racquetball, but played outdoors.

It is a sport that combines the best elements of tennis, squash and racquetball while eliminating the frustrating aspects of those three sports.

Padel is played in doubles on an enclosed court approximately 66 by 33 feet. The rules allow for the use of the back and side walls, resulting in longer rallies. The balls used are very similar to tennis balls, and the scoring is the same as tennis. All serves are underhand.

It is also a very social game. More people and a smaller court bring everyone closer, making social conversation a much more integral part of the game. Men, women and youth can compete together, as physical strength doesn’t play a big role in determining the winner.

Its simplicity and similarities to other popular racquet sports allows most players to get a grasp of the game within the first 20 minutes of play and achieve a level of proficiency in 6 months.

What does a padel court look like?

Padel is played on a court approximately 66 by 33 feet. The court has glass backwalls and partial sidewalls that enable the padel ball to bounce off of them. The remaining court is enclosed by fencing, and there are no ceilings.

Want to know more about how to play padel?

Watch our original video explaining this exciting new sport!