How Does Scoring Work In Padel?

Padel Scoring

Padel is sometimes referred to informally as “Tennis With Walls,” but how similar are the two sports, and how do their scoring systems match up? For those who are not aware of how padel is similar to and different from other racket sports, such as tennis, we will break down the scoring system of padel. Keep reading to learn how to score points, win games, and ultimately secure victory in a padel match.


Scoring Games in Padel

The overall rules and format of padel will not be unfamiliar to those who have played more popular racket sports, such as tennis. In fact, padel is very much like tennis, with only a few variations in the play of the game, such as the ability to utilize the surrounding walls of the court. One area where padel is identical to tennis is in its scoring system, in which a padel match is broken down into a competition aimed at winning the best of three sets, with each set subdivided into six games.

The smallest unit of a padel match is the game, and games are scored exactly as they are in tennis, a process known as advantage-scoring or “ad-scoring.” In ad-scoring, a game is won when one player or pair of players reaches four points, with values assigned to each point as follows: 0 for no points, 15 for one point, 30 for two points, 40 for three points, and victory on the fourth point. In padel, just as in tennis, a player or players win a game by being the first to reach four points without a tie. If the two sides do tie, with both reaching 40, the players are referred to as being in a “deuce,” just as in tennis. At this point, in order to escape the deuce, one player must score a second point, at which time they will be at “advantage.” A second point then scored by the advantaged player will win the game, while a point by the opposing player will return the two sides to deuce.

Another method of scoring in padel, as with tennis, is “no-advantage scoring,” or no-ad scoring. This method of scoring involves removing the deuce and advantage portions of each game, meaning that whichever player is the first to reach four points wins the game. If a tie occurs at three points, the fourth point will result in victory for the scorer. This is done to shorten the length of a match.

Scoring Sets in Padel

The next subdivision of a game of padel is the set. Like in tennis, a padel player or players can win a set by successfully winning six games. The first player or team to win six games wins the set, moving one step closer to winning the match. Just as with game points, if players are tied under certain circumstances, more than six games can be played in a set. Similar to tennis and other racket sports, players must win a set in padel by at least two games, such as with a score of 6-4. This means that if one player or players wins six games but is not also two games ahead of the other side, additional games may be played. For example, if two players or teams are tied 5-5, the set will be decided in seven games, rather than six, because the first side to reach six games will only be up by one game, rather than two. 

If players or teams are tied at six games apiece, a tiebreaker game will be played, and in this game, the first player or team to score seven points wins the set. In a tiebreaker, as with overall games, the winner must achieve victory by a two-point margin. If players tie during the tiebreaker, the tiebreaker round will last until one player achieves a two-point advantage. Another method of scoring sets in padel is in “mini-sets,” which are sets where the first side to win four games wins the set, rather than six games.

Scoring Matches in Padel

The final hurdle for a padel player to cross is winning the match itself. Just as in tennis, a padel match is typically played until one side wins the best out of three sets, meaning that whichever side is the first to win two sets wins the match. This can occur if one side wins the first two sets without the other side winning one, if one side loses the first set but wins the other two, or if one side wins the first set, loses the second, but wins the third. In padel, if two teams are tied at one set apiece, the third set can be played without a tiebreak, meaning that whichever team either wins six games or manages to achieve a two-game advantage after both teams are tied at 5-5 or 6-6 wins the match.

Another potential scoring system for padel is the tiebreak to define the match. This can occur when both sides have won a single set and decide to forgo playing the last set in favor of a single tiebreak round. This tiebreak can be played to 7 or 10 points; in the latter case, it is referred to as a “super tiebreak.” As with all tiebreaks, these are both played with the intent of winning by a two-point advantage.

FAQ

How many serves do you get in padel?

In padel, like in tennis, players must open a rally by serving. Padel players have two chances allotted to them for each serve. If a player successfully hits a serve into the correct service court on their first attempt, the serve counts, and the rally begins. However, if a player hits into the wrong service court on their first try, or if their first attempt hits the net and lands on their side of the court, they can take a second attempt. A second attempt called a “let” can also be taken if the initial serve hits the net and falls onto the correct service court.

How do you win a padel match?

In padel, a player or team of players wins a match by being the first to win two out of three sets. In order to win one of the three sets, players must win six games. To win a game, players must be the first to win four points, which are scored exactly the same as in a tennis match, via the system of ad-scoring.

How do you score padel?

Padel is scored in the same way a tennis match is scored. For each game in a set of padel, players score points by a system known as “advantage-scoring” or ad-scoring. Ad-scoring consists of four points, going from 0, to 15, to 30, to 40, and finally to winning the game on the fourth scored point. Players can tie at 40-40, which is referred to as a “deuce,” after which the game can only be won by one player scoring two unanswered points.