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What is padel

What is padel?

What is


Padel is a racket sport with elements of tennis and squash. Padel is played single or double on an artificial grass field (10x20m) enclosed by a glass wall. The wall keeps the ball in play and eliminates dead game moments, making the game attractive and accessible. Moreover, the basic techniques are easy to learn. Padel is a combination of promotions, spectacle, long rallies and especially a large portion of FUN!

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characteristics of Padel

The padel court

Dimensions and fence

A padel terrain measures 10mx20m and is enclosed by a combination of glass walls and metal nets of 3m-4m high. The fence may be used during the game, making padel fast, intensive but also accessible.

Artificial grass

We always opt for the best and latest generation of artificial grass for maximum comfort, safety and performance. Our artificial grass achieves all World Padel Tour certifications and is also maintained weekly.

Video recording

All fields are equipped with cameras which record the entire match. All recordings can be viewed afterwards for free on the YouTube channel of your local center.

Multiple courts

Each centre contains a minimum of 4 padel courts. Every centre lives and breathes padel. GARRINCHA® is primarily a meeting place where athletes share and exchange experiences. “Every game is a home game.”

characteristics of Padel

Padel equipment

Padel racket

A padel racket consists mainly of carbon. A padel racket contains an unlimited number of holes and a cord to secure the racket to the wrist.

Padel ball

We play with a padel ball. This is very similar to a tennis ball. Slightly smaller and with slightly less atmospheric pressure. This leads to a slightly slower flying ball.

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The main game rules

Padel rules

Amount of players

Padel is played double or single. They usually play without a referee.


The scoring is done the same way as with tennis. The points are counted according to the traditional British system: 15, 30, 40, game, set and match (deuce at 40-40). You can play up to 2 or 3 sets won, depending on the competition formula.


Serving is always done privately after the ball has been hit once behind the service line. The ball must always be hit lower than hip height. The first time the serve is taken from the right, the left and right are alternately served. The ball must always be played diagonally during serving. The server must remain standing on the floor with 1 foot. The foot must not exceed or touch the service line. The ball must land in the service area of ​​the opponent (diagonally) and must not touch the fence wire afterwards. Just like with tennis, you get 2 attempts. If the ball hits the net during a first or second service and then lands in the correct service box, the serving will be done again. The receiver may choose whether to play the ball back before or after the ball possibly touches the side and/or rear wall. After serving, the lines no longer play a role.


The ball may only hit the ground once. The ball may be played before the bots or after the bots, and possibly after contact with the wall or fence. The ball must not touch the wall or fence for the collisions on the ground.

There is a loss of points if:

  • the ball bounces twice on its own side
  • the ball hits you or your fellow player
  • the ball first touches the fence wire before crossing the net or hitting the ground on the other side.

If the ball is thrown over the walls or fence via the playing field, it is normally a point. There is a rule that allows players to hit the ball back over the fence.