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Rules Of Padel – Informational Guide by Padel Courts Ireland

Updated: Oct 23, 2023

Padel is a racquet sport that is growing in popularity around the world, and Ireland is no exception. Soon, you will see Padel courts are popping up all over the country, as more and more people are trying out this exciting new game. However, before you hit the court, it’s important to understand the rules of Padel. In this article, we’ll take a look at the rules of Padel Courts in Ireland, so you can get started on the right foot.

1- The Basics of Padel

Padel is a combination of tennis and squash. The game is played on a court that is 20m long and 10m wide, with a net in the middle. The court is surrounded by walls, which means that the ball can be played off the walls during a rally. The game is usually played in doubles, but it can also be played in singles, but you would play diagonally or straight, as the court is too large to cover 100%.

2- Serving

The serve is an important part of the game of Padel, and there are some specific rules to follow. The serve must be underhand, and the server must keep at least one foot on the ground. The ball must be hit into the diagonal service box on the other side of the net, and it must bounce before it is returned, not to unliked Tennis.

3- Scoring

The scoring in Padel is the same as in tennis, with a few differences. The game can be played to Deuce and there is an option to play next point wins the game,  we call it  “short game”,  also if the score reaches 5-5, a tiebreaker is played to 7 points. To win a point, the ball must be hit over the net and land inside the court. If the ball hits the net and goes over, it is still in play again very similar to Tennis.  The scoring is 15, 30, 40 & Deuce, Game !

4- Playing the Ball

In Padel, the ball can be played off the walls, but there are some specific rules to follow. If the ball hits the wall before it bounces, it is considered a fault (out) . If the ball hits the wall after it bounces, it is still in play. However, if the ball hits the wall and then the ground before it is returned, it is considered a fault.

5- Faults and Let

There are several things that can result in a fault in Padel. If the ball is hit out of bounds, it is a fault. If the ball is hit into the net or the wall without bouncing, it is a fault. If the ball hits a player, it is a fault. In some cases, a let may be called. A “let” is a do-over, and it is called if something interferes with the play, such as a ball from another court or a player walking across the court.

6- Etiquette

Finally, it’s important to remember that Padel, like any sport, has its own set of etiquette rules. It’s important to be respectful of your opponent, and to follow the rules of the game. Don’t try to cheat, and don’t argue with the umpire. And most importantly, have fun!

Padel Courts in Ireland

Padel is a relatively new sport in Ireland, but it is growing in popularity. There are now several Padel courts around the country, including in Dublin, Limerick, and Galway. The Irish Padel Federation was established in 2018 to help promote the sport and to develop the game in Ireland.

If you’re interested in trying out Padel, there are few  places where you can play, the first that comes to mind is Bushy Park. Padel is often played at tennis clubs, so you may want to check with your local tennis club to see if they have any future plans for  Padel courts You can also search online for Padel courts in your area.


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