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About Paddle Tennis

History: Paddle Tennis was invented about 100 years ago in New York City in order to create recreational activities for neighborhood children.  Although this game was adapted from tennis, it is quite different. The paddle tennis game is fast paced with a lot of play at the net due to the smaller court size.  

Court: Paddle Tennis courts are smaller in size with no doubles lanes, but the same court is used for both singles and doubles.  Doubles games are played more often.  The net is also lower than a tennis court at 31 inches.  Paddle tennis courts measure 50 ft baseline to baseline and 20 ft across, with the service line 3 feet from the baseline.  Walls or fences are not part of the game. 

Paddle: The paddle is made of solid material such as wood or a composite of a rubberized or titanium core covered with graphite, and contains no strings. It is usually textured or perforated and may have a metal rim around the head. Its dimensions are limited to 18" in length and 9.5" in width and typically weighs 13-16 ounces. Platform Tennis paddles can be used for Paddle Tennis.

Ball: The ball used is a standard tennis ball with its internal pressure reduced so that when dropped from a height of 6 feet, it bounces to between 31 and 33 inches. This is usually achieved by puncturing the ball with a hypodermic needle or safety pin.

Rules: Scoring is the same as tennis, and matches are typically best of three sets.  Serving must be underhand, and only one serve is allowed.