Tennis- Team Sports

By Brett Bryan and Dylan Mason

Rules and gameplay

Always serve diagonally starting each game on the right. You can serve anywhere in the service box at any speed with any spin. If the ball goes out once it called a fault and you get a second serve, however, if this one goes out too then the point goes to your opponent.Tennis Rules State that you can play either a best of 5 sets or best of 3 sets match. In big tournaments women play 3 set matches and men play 5 set matches but they can go on for hours so it is purely your choice. Of course you could just play one or two sets if you are practising.

Scoring

A tennis serve initiates game play and the player serving serves the entire game. In order to win the game, a tennis competitor must win a number of points. Each game consists of a series of points and remember a competitor must accumulate at least four points to win the game.

The servers score is always announced first the entire game with tennis terminology voiced in a manner unique to tennis.

  • Points Earned 0 = 0 Games Points or 'Love'
  • Points Earned 1 = 15 Game Points
  • Points Earned 2 = 30 Game Points
  • Points Earned 3 = 40 Game Points
  • Points Earned 4 = Game Over (2 Point Advantage Required)

The winner of a tennis game must win with a two point advantage. In other words, if the score is 40-0 and the server wins the next point, the server wins the game.

Court dimensions

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Singles vs. doubles

Singles tennis competition involves two competitors. One competitor is on one end of the court and the other competitor is on the other end of the court competing to win points, games, sets, and ultimately a match. Which is more challenging, singles or doubles? This is argumentative and at times an endless debate due to the various opinions and obvious factors. In my opinion, competition is competition in the sport of tennis, but there is an obvious clear-cut difference in the dynamics of the game when competitors compete in doubles tennis. Since there are two tennis players on a team in doubles (compared to one tennis player on a team in singles) an individual tennis player has less court to cover making it less demanding, but not necessarily less challenging than singles. Although playing alone seems more easy because you don't have to worry about what your team mate is doing you also have to cover more court and play harder. Single tennis and double tennis rules are about the same. There is a few exceptions, on doubles the court size is wider, the boundaries are extended from side to side to the doubles sidelines.

Serving

The tennis serve initiates every point. The tennis player that is serving is termed the server and the other tennis player is termed the receiver. By rule, you can opt to serve anyway you see fit, it is your choice. Technically though, competitive tennis players achieve and maintain the most effective results by tossing the ball straight up high above the head while rotating the tennis racquet with a full motion swing aiming to strike the ball to the diagonal service area on the opposite end of the tennis court.

History of tennis

The history of tennis dates back several thousand years. The game was first created by European monks to be played for entertainment purposes during religious ceremonies. The game soon became very popular, predominantly in France where it was adopted by the royal family. During the period between the 16th and 18th centuries, the game called ' Jeu de paumme' - the game of the palm was a highly regarded by kings and noblemen. The French players would begin the game by shouting the word “tenez!” which meant “Play!” The game soon came to be called royal or “real tennis.”

Terms

Ace- a service that an opponent is unable to touch and thus wins a point.

Alley- the extra area of the side court used for doubles.

Double fault-two missed serves in a row. The server will lose the point.

Deuce- when the score in a game is 40 to 40.

Ground stroke- a forehand or backhand shot made after the tennis ball bounces once on the court.

Volley-a shot where the ball is hit by the player's racquet before the ball hits the ground.