Paddle Tennis Rules

“Paddle tennis has a lot of similarities with lawn tennis. One exception is the size of the court in paddle tennis is smaller than the lawn tennis dimensions and it is not divided into lanes for doubles. While the tennis racket uses strings, paddle tennis uses a solid wooden paddle with perforations. Since the court is smaller, paddle tennis entails player agility and quicker reflexes. The next paragraphs discuss the difference between the rules of both games.

The dimensions of a paddle tennis court are fifty feet lengthwise by twenty feet crosswise. The distance from one service line to the opposite is 44 feet, which gives a three feet space each for the service spots on both sides. The paddles specified by the US Paddle Tennis Association should measure nine and a half inches wide by eighteen inches in length. The paddle is perforated with a number of holes. The net to be used is measured at twenty-two feet long by two point six feet wide. It should be set at thirty-one inches high from the court level and an extra length of eighteen inches from each sideline.

A paddle is used as a pointer and spun; the “chosen” player gets to pick the side of the court and who serves first to start the game. The serve is not done over the head but just about the level of the net, he can either hit the ball from the air or bounce it first unlike lawn tennis. Serving player who serves a foul ball not only loses a point but also the turn to serve. When the server misses to hit the ball or when the serve hits the net, it is considered fault service.

Stepping on the baseline is considered a foot fault and causes you to lose a point. A ball that touches the lines (line ball) is still considered “in” or “good” and still earns a point.

Score tally is the same as in lawn tennis, the first point garners the player fifteen, the second point thirty, the third point forty, and the fourth point lets him win the game. A player should lead by two games against the opponent to win one set. The players change courts or sides, allowing sixty seconds of break after each odd game. Between the second and third set, ten-minute breaks are accorded. Tiebreakers are adjudged should the scores tie. ”

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