|Highest governing body||International Padel Federation (IPF)|
|Nicknames||Paddle (US, Canada)|
|First played||1969, Acapulco, Mexico|
|Team members||Doubles only|
|Mixed gender||Separate competitions (mixed sometimes in leagues)|
|Equipment||Padel racquet, padel ball|
|Venue||Outdoor or indoor padel court|
|Country or region||Worldwide|
Padel is typically played in doubles on an enclosed court roughly 25% smaller than the size of a tennis court. Scoring is the same as normal tennis and the balls used are similar but with a little less pressure. The main differences are that the court has walls and the balls can be played off them in a similar way as in the game of squash and that solid, stringless bats are used. The height of the ball being served must be at or below the waist level.
Padel is not to be confused with platform tennis, a winter and summer sport typically played at country clubs in the US and Canada, with courts heated from below to eliminate snow and water. The court, rules and styles of play are very different.