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About Padel

PadelHistory: Padel was invented in 1969 in Mexico and is predominantly played in Argentina, Spain, Mexico and Latin America.  Padel is an easy sport to play, since it is not a physically demanding as other similar sports.  Under-arm serves in Padel are an example of this.  Padel Pro Tour is the professional circuit for Padel Players who are trying to increase the professionalism of Padel by organizing series of tournaments throughout the Padel season.  Padel Pro Tour is trying to get more investment and increased publicity to develop the game.

Court: Padel is played on an enclosed doubles court measuring 10 meters wide by 20 meters long, with a net across the middle dividing the court into 2 equal parts of 10m x 10m.  Parallel to the back of the court on both sides are the service lines.  The area between the net and the service lines are split in half by a perpendicular line called the central service line.  The ceiling should also be 6 meters above the whole playing surface.  The net should be 10 meters long.  Padel courts are completely enclosed, with wire meshing and either glass or concrete walls. The playing surface should be porous and can be made of concrete, cement, synthetic material or artificial grass. 

Paddles: The paddles are perforated like those in platform tennis, but are much thicker.

Balls: Depressurized tennis balls or regular tennis balls

Rules: Scoring is the same as tennis, but the ball can be played off the wall, similar to Squash and Platform Tennis. Both first and second serves must be underhand.  There is an unusual rule in Padel that permits a player to leave the enclosed court through an access point in order to legally return a ball.