Padel is one of the fastest growing sports in the Netherlands, but what exactly is padel? You can think of padel as a combination between tennis and squash. Padel has been a very popular sport for years in southern European countries such as Spain and Portugal. Recently, padel has also been on the rise in Northern European countries, including the Netherlands. The rules of padel are very similar to the rules of tennis.
The padel court
A padel court is very similar to a squash court and is also surrounded by 4 walls of glass, so that the ball always remains in play. A padel court is 10 meters wide and 20 meters long. Because the walls of the padel court are part of the game, strength is less important in padel than in tennis. This makes padel immediately an accessible sport that can be practiced by young and old. The padel rackets differ from the rackets used in tennis and squash. Padel is almost always played by 4 players in a doubles game.
Number of padel courts in the Netherlands
The popularity of padel is clearly reflected in the rapid growth of the number of padel courts in the Netherlands. At the beginning of 2017, there were only 50 padel courts in the Netherlands. In 2019, this number has grown to no less than 305 padel courts in the Netherlands and this number is only increasing. Every week 2 padel courts are added. At the beginning of 2022, more than 1000 padel courts have already been built in the Netherlands.
The difference between padel, tennis and squash
We are regularly asked what the difference is between padel, tennis and squash. Since padel is actually a combination of tennis and squash, it is very similar to both sports. The three sports are very similar at first glance, but there are clear differences.
The dimensions of a tennis court, squash court and padel court
A big difference between padel, tennis and squash is the dimensions of the different courts. A tennis court is 10.97 meters wide and 23.77 meters long. A squash court is considerably smaller at 6.4 meters wide and 9.75 meters long. A padel court is in between. A padel court is 10 meters wide and 20 meters long.
The walls at tennis, squash and padel
Where you stand opposite each other in tennis and padel, in squash you play side by side and hit the ball against a wall opposite you. In both squash and padel, the side and back walls are part of the game. This is not the case in tennis where the side of the playing field is marked with lines. In tennis, a ball is out when it touches the ground next to the lines. In squash and padel, a ball is out when the ball hits the wall above a solid line.
Watch the video below for an impression of padel sport.
The padel rules are as follows:
With padel you always serve privately. As with tennis, the first storage takes place on the right side of the court. The ball must be hit in the diagonal service area of the opponent and the ball must first have bounced before it can be hit back. The ball should not touch the net.
The scoring of padel is exactly the same as the scoring pattern of tennis: the well-known 15, 30, 40 and game are used. As with tennis, deuce is also part of the scoring process. A padel match usually takes place in a ‘best of three’ where the first party that has won two sets wins the match.
More information about Padel game rules check out our page “Padel game rules”.
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