Can You Play Singles Padel?

Padel tennis is the fastest growing sport since it blends action, entertainment, and social contact into one package. This racket sport is straightforward, making it simple to learn; it’s perfect for athletes of all ages and abilities. This racquet sport is different from paddle tennis that is famous in the US and Canada. However, this sport can is only advisable to play in doubles. But the question remains, can you play padel tennis as a singles game? Continue reading this to find out!

Here’s a story: my regular padel partner phoned me just 24 hours before our village’s annual padel tournament to say he was no longer available. Rather than just forfeiting the first round, I contacted my friend Phil, who had shown interest in trying the sport. He was perplexed as to why I didn’t stick to singles. That begged the issue of whether it was really conceivable.

Going back to the question, “can you play padel tennis as a singles game?” Padel may be played as a singles game; however, it isn’t recommended. Played on a surface that is 30% smaller than the tennis court, padel is a four-player match-up game. Due to the size of the padel court and the high speed of the game, it isn’t easy to return balls.

If you’ve ever played singles tennis or even squash, you might believe that a padel singles game isn’t all that different. Is it really that simple, or is there more to playing padel singles than meets the eye?’ We’ll find out.

Design Of Padel As A Sport

A padel match is advisable to be played in doubles. Playing padel off the glass walls requires both technical and tactical abilities from the players; therefore, the padel tennis court was built around this concept.

To be a successful padel team, players must be physically fit and have a solid awareness of each other’s strengths and weaknesses. This means that although it is conceivable, playing padel singles is undesirable and detrimental to the original intent and goal of the game.

First, let’s compare playing singles tennis and squash with playing singles padel. This will give us a better understanding of how the game differs.

Padel vs Tennis Singles: Differences

Normal tennis and padel share several similarities, including the fact that both courts are divided by a net in the middle. On the other hand, padel courts have four quarters (two halves for each side) and are separated into four sections.

But that’s about the extent of the resemblances. Before you play a padel singles match, you should keep the following things in mind if you’re coming from a tennis background.

  • Because of the padel tennis court (30 per cent smaller than a normal tennis court), you will have less time to react or position yourself between shots. For others, this may leave them “thrown off their feet” and require some time to adjust to.
  • They may have the same appearance and feel, but they’re not identical. You can only tell the difference when you bounce the ball back and forth. Your typical (tennis) game will be affected since a padel ball is less bouncy. For example, because of the lower bounce of the padel ball, you’ll be less able to reach your opponent’s drop shots in time. To sum things up: You must accept that the ball will behave and bounce differently with every single stroke you take.
  • Unlike a tennis court, a padel court does not have a baseline. There is no particular place for spectators outside the court’s perimeter. There are a variety of ball bounce angles as it hits the walls.
  • There is a lot more court to cover in a shorter period when you play the ball off the walls, which requires a higher energy level from you.

With the smaller court and faster pace of the game, playing padel singles puts you at greater risk of injury, particularly in the calf muscles, since you must run much more and faster to cover enough territory to return balls.

Padel vs Squash: Differences

If you’re used to playing squash and assume that padel singles will be a piece of cake, you’d be wrong. There is just one thing that squash and paddle have in common: they both involve hitting the ball off the walls. However, even this resemblance is somewhat narrow. Playing squash versus padel, let’s look at the distinctions between the two sports!

  • A padel court is massively 60% wider than two squash courts placed end to end. This leaves you with a rather intimating size court to cover in returning the ball.
  • A squash ball is much smaller and softer than a padel ball and therefore travels through the air much slower, ipso facto slowing down the speed of the game and, in doing so, giving you more time to return the shot.
  • You may find the net in the middle of the padel court difficult to negotiate on every shot. Instead, in squash, you only have the mid-wall service line to clear at the start of each point. The ” tin ” at the bottom of the squash court wall is so low that it is hardly ever a factor during play.
  • In squash, players are playing mainly in the back half of the court, unlike padel, where drop shots over the net bring the full court into play, forcing players to move up to the net.
  • In squash, the enclosed court is used to bounce off the ball as part of the game, unlike padel, where the enclosed mesh sections on your side of the net are out of bounds when playing a shot. You also need to ensure that the ball bounces before hitting the far-side walls of the padel court.

For a squash player, playing padel singles is a double whammy. The court is not just larger than two end-to-end squash courts, but the bouncy padel ball comes at you faster. In a nutshell, that means you’ll have to run faster and further while avoiding the net that appears out of nowhere!


Fortunately, playing padel singles is not against the law, and there are no restrictions that prevent you from doing so, so you will be safe from the padel cops.

It is, however, preferable to stick to doubles with four players partnering up on either side of the net if you don’t want to overextend yourself and risk injuring yourself, which may prevent you from playing any sport for a long time. After all, there’s a reason why padel is played as a doubles match.