By: Jon & Kendayl
Rules & Gameplay
The court is 78 feet in length and 27 feet in width for singles matches, and 36 feet in width for doubles matches. The service line is 21 feet from the net. The clear space around the court is needed in order for players to retrieve runaway balls. The net is about 3 feet tall when setup for playing.
Difference between Double & Single matches
One of the main differences between doubles and singles matches, are that on doubles, there are a total of 4 players on the court. While in singles, there are only two players on the court. A doubles match is mainly about hitting at angles, singles matches are about hitting with more depth.
The origins of the game can be dated back to the 12th–13th-century French handball game called jeu de paume (“game of the palm”), which was created as a complex indoor racket-and-ball game. It was patented by Walter Clopton Wingfield in 1837. It was first introduced in the U.S. by Mary Ewing Outerbridge. First played at the Cricket and Baseball Club in Staten Island, 1874.
Tennis balls could actually be made in different colors other than green. But for official tournaments, the ball must be either, green, or white. Up to six balls may be used in a match.
Alley-The area of the court bounded by the singles and doubles sidelines, used in doubles games.
Deuce- A score of 40 all
Double Fault- When a server faults twice in a row, and a point is lost
Ground Stroke-is a forehand or backhand shot that is hit after the ball bounces on the court once
Volley- A shot in which the ball is struck before it bounces on the ground