Game Rules



  • Padel uses the same scoring system as tennis.
  • Six games are needed to win a set and the team, which wins two sets first, wins the match.
  • Points are scored exactly the same as in tennis, i.e. 15, 30, 40, Deuce, Advantage etc.
  • If a set reaches a 6-6 tie, the first to 7 points (tiebreaker win by 2) will determine the winner of the set.
  • All serves must be underhand.
  • Served diagonally like tennis, with two serve attempts allowed (first and second service).
  • The server must be behind the service line before serving.
  • The server first bounces the ball then contacts it below waist level.
  • If the ball hits the net and bounces in the box it is a let. If it touches the wire mesh fencing before the second bounce, it is a fault.



  • The returner should stand behind the service line, diagonally opposite of the server.
  • The ball must bounce in the service box before being hit by the returner.
  • If the ball does not bounce in the box, it is a fault.
  • Once the ball is in play, all balls, which cross the net, must first bounce on the ground on the opponent’s side before hitting a wall.
  • Players may hit the ball after it has bounced off a wall to send it back to the opponent’s side.
  • Players may hit a volley or smash.
  • Just as in tennis, the ball may only bounce once on your side, and it may only be hit once.