What is Padel?

Padel is a game that commonly gets described as a mixture of tennis and squash, and is a refreshing addition to the racket sports genre. It is played by four people, on a court surrounded by glass walls and mesh fencing, that is roughly half the size of a tennis court. It is easy to pick up, especially compared to the more traditional racket sports, and even without coaching or guidance, one could easily grasp the fundamentals of the game in a session or just by watching a quick video tutorial. The gameplay is identical to tennis, with the key differences being the walls surrounding the court, which the ball can either be played into or off of.

Padel is a very social game which you can play with your friends and family regardless of age and gender. Because the game is played in a tightly enclosed space it is fast and moves at an exciting pace with matches normally finishing within an hour, that’s if you don’t want the inevitable rematch!

Rules of padel

  • Padel matches should be played on a regulation Padel court that is 20m x 10m.
  • Padel games shall be played between two pairs of players using regulation Padel racquets.
  • Each match begins with a serve, which must be done underarm and like tennis must go diagonally into the opponent’s court.
  • The opposition wins a point when any of the following occurs:
    • The ball bounces twice
    • The ball strikes you or a teammate
    • The ball hits the wire fencing or another fixture before going over the net or going into the opponent’s court (classed as out of bounds).
  • Matches are made up of 3 sets, with each set made up of six games. The winners of two out of the three sets will be declared winners of the Padel match

Download the Official Rules & Regulations from the IFP


It is both easy and fun to learn for players of all ages and skills.


Due to the there being 4 players (2 vs 2) it is very social.

For Everyone

Padel is a game for all, young and old, men and women!

Become a SAPA member

Find out more about becoming a member of the South African Padel Association.