Navigating the Lines: A Deep Dive into Padel Tennis Court Dimensions and Size

Padel Court Dimensions and Size Guide

Introduction to Padel Tennis Court Dimensions

So, you have heard all about the quirky sport that has gotten tennis and squash players laughing on the court, haven't you? Do you want to know the details about it?

We hear it is all about teamwork and strategy, but as we say, all work and no play make Jack a dull boy! So, one aspect that really gets everyone working up a sweat – while having fun running around – is the interestingly and uniquely designed court that padel is played on!

The padel court dimensions include the playing area, the height of the net, and the measurements of the walls. All these numbers are selected carefully to ensure that the game is played as it is meant to be.

No matter your involvement in the game as a player, coach, or budding padel enthusiast, this blog article is bound to help you get the basics down right away! 

Standard Measurements

Padel court dimensions as strictly specified and outlined by the International Padel Federation (FIP). A standard court should be:

  • 20 meters (65.6 ft in length) x 10 meters (32.8 ft in width) with a 0.5% wiggle room for construction.
  • The net has to be 8.8 centimeters at its highest point in the center and 10 centimeters taut at the sides, dividing the padel court into exactly two halves.

Looking up, the minimum height of the walls surrounding the court is 4 meters, providing ample space for those strategic lobs and high volleys.

Maintaining these standard measurements ensures a fair and predictable playing experience for padel enthusiasts everywhere.

Playable Area Dimensions

While the overall size of a padel court might seem similar to some at first glance, the playable area offers a unique experience compared to other racquet sports.

Imagine stepping inside a rectangle measuring 10 meters wide by 20 meters long – that's the standard playable area on a padel court. For comparison, the size of a tennis court is significantly larger, boasting a playable area of 23.77 meters by 8.5 meters for singles and 36 meters by 8.5 meters for doubles.

This difference in playable area size translates to a faster-paced and more dynamic game in padel. 

  • Players have less space to cover compared to tennis, allowing for quicker reflexes and more emphasis on strategy and volleying. 
  • The walls surrounding the court also come into play, presenting opportunities for creative shot-making and unpredictable bounces.  

Having ample space within the court is crucial for comfortable movement and the ability to execute a diverse range of shots, making each point in padel a thrilling battle for control.

Service Lines and Net Specifications

The service lines and net in padel tennis act as key boundaries that define where and how a serve must be delivered and playable shots can be maneuvered. 

The service lines are situated parallel to the net, 6.95 meters away on either side of the court. Imagine these lines dividing the court's length into two nearly equal sections and each service line extends out 20 centimeters to the back of the court. This extended area is crucial as it allows for serves that land on the line to be considered valid.

If you caught on to the dimensions above, you realise that the net itself stretches across the entire width of the court, measuring a precise 10 meters in length. However, here's where things get interesting: the net height isn't uniform!  In the center, the net stands 88 centimeters (almost 34.7 inches) tall. At the end posts, the net gradually increases in height to a maximum of 92 centimeters (around 36.2 inches).  

This slight difference is very significant as it adds nuances of subtle and strategic challenges to serving and receiving serves, encouraging well- thought-out placement and return techniques while the game is in play.


As you have read and understood by now, padel court size plays a crucial role in shaping the fast-paced and strategic nature of this racquet game.

From the standard 20x10-meter playable area to the strategically sloped net, every aspect is meticulously designed. Understanding these dimensions, from service lines to wall heights, empowers players to move confidently and develop winning tactics. 

So, step onto your padel court canvas or turf, embrace its quirky measurements, and get ready for a game unlike any other– And don't forget to have fun!