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The origin of Padel
A sport originating in Mexico

Pádel (from the English paddle) is a paddle sport originating in Mexico. It is always played in pairs and consists of three fundamental elements for its development: the ball, the racket and the playing field or track.

It consists of bouncing the ball in the opposite field,
with the possibility of bouncing off the walls.

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Enrique Corcuera
Creator of the first Padel court

The Mexican Enrique Corcuera is considered the inventor of paddle tennis.

At his home in Las Brisas, in Acapulco, he decided to add more walls to his fronton court, also placing a net in the middle. This track was 20x10 meters, at the back he put 3 meter walls and surrounded everything with a metal fence. The rules used were the same as those of tennis, but with the variant that walls could be used.


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Objective of the game.
The winners are those who manage to win two sets.

Point scoring
A pair scores a point when one of its members throws the ball to the opposite field and the ball bounces twice on the ground.

A pair scores a point when the opposing team performs one of the following actions:
* A player throws the ball against a wall in the opponent's field without first bouncing it on the ground.
* A player throws the ball out of the court without having first bounced it on the ground.
* A player touches the net or the opponent's field.
* A player touches the ball with his body or another object other than the paddle.
* One or both players hit the ball twice in a row.

Points, games and sets
A paddle tennis match is played as a best of three sets, so a couple must win two to win the match. The couple that first wins six games with a minimum difference of two with respect to their rival is the winner or winner of the set. If they tied at six, the tie would be broken by tie-break. In the case of a tie at one set and as long as this has been previously established, the third set may be played until a couple achieves a two-game advantage over their rival, without a tie-break at any time.

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However, the general rule is that if each couple scores one of the two sets played, the rules of the tie-break called tie-break will be applied to the third.​

Each set is made up of games, with the pairs and members of each of them alternating serving. The scoring method for each game is the same as that of tennis: when a couple wins their first point, their score is 15, when they win two points, 30, and when they win 3 points, 40. For example, if the couple that serves They have won 3 points and the one that remains one point, the score is 40-15. The score of those who serve is always named first.

When both couples tie at 40, it is said that there are deuce or equals. The first team to win a point after equals achieves an advantage and, if it wins the next point, wins the game. If they do not succeed, it becomes equal until a couple achieves a difference of two points in their favor.

As of March 1, 2020, the World Padel Tour implemented the golden point when reaching 40-40. Upon reaching the equal, the pair that is the rest will choose whether to receive the service from the equal side or the advantage side. The couple that wins the point will win the game.

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When a set is tied at six games, the tiebreaker will be applied using the tie-break rules. The counting of points does not follow the usual system, but rather applies consecutive numbers starting from one (one-zero, two-zero, two-one, etc.). This tiebreaker is won by the first couple to reach seven points with a difference of two in their favor over their rival. If, upon reaching seven points, this difference has not been achieved, the game will continue until it is reached.

The tie break will begin by serving the player whose responsibility it is to do so according to the order followed in the set and will do so from the right side of their court: a single point will be played. Next, and always respecting the service order mentioned above, two points will be played, starting from the left side and so on. The winner of this tiebreaker game will score the set 7-6.

Field changes
Pairs will change fields when the sum of the games in each set is an odd number. In the first game of each set there is no rest. In the tie break, the players will change fields every six points.

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