Padel Tennis – Grassroots news from the UK and beyond …


Padel Courts

THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF PADEL (FIP) HAS DEVELOPED SPECIFIC GUIDELINES TO ENSURE THE STANDARDISATION OF PADEL COURTS. A SUMMARY IS PROVIDED BELOW BUT FOR THE FULL DETAILS CLICK HERE.

Dimensions

Padel courts essentially follow the same layout as a standard tennis court but are just smaller – they consist of a rectangle 10 metres wide by 20 metres long that has a net across the middle dividing the court into two equal 10m x 10m squares.

Parallel to the back of the court on both sides, and at a distance of 3m from the back, are the service lines. As all lines on a padel court should have a width of 5cm, this leaves a distance of 6.95m from the front of the service lines to the net.

These areas that are between the net and the service lines are split in half by a perpendicular line called the central service line, which divides this area in into two equal zones.

On a court that is covered the ceiling should be at least 6 metres above the whole playing surface.

The Net

The net goes across the middle of the court and is therefore 10 metres long. At each end the posts that support the net should be no higher than 1.05 metres whilst the top of the net itself should be 92cm high. In the centre of the court the net should be slightly lower at 88cm high.

The Enclosure

Padel Courts are completely enclosed, with wire meshing and either glass or concrete walls.

The back walls should be 10m across (interior measurement) and 3m high. Additionally there should be a 1m high wire mesh fence above the solid wall making the total height of the backs of the court 4m.

The side walls are also made up of both a solid wall and wire meshing as illustrated in the diagram and photos below:

Padel Court Dimensions
Back corner of Padel Court Padel net Back of Padel Court
The Playing Surface

The playing surface of the court should be porous and can be made of concrete, cement, synthetic material or artificial grass as long as it allows the regular bounce of the ball and avoids accumulation of water. The FIP states that the playing surface should also be either green, blue or terracotta.

Access

Thers 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. (See RULE 15). As a result there are standard guidelines that determine the dimensions and location of the access points to the court. In particular, there may be 1 or 2 entrances on each side, with or without a door and they should be symmetric to the centre. For more details see the FIP website.

Lighting

Any lighting should be situated outside the courts and should be at least 6 metres above the playing surface.

Advertisements







%d bloggers like this: