Tennis

Rules/How to Play Tennis

Rules on Tennis


Each team gets on each side on the net, With 2 people on each side working together to get the point.

"Short" Set


  • The first player/team who wins four games wins that set, provided there is a margin of two games over the opponent.

Scoring

"No-Add" game is scored as follows with the servers score being called:

  • No Point - "Love"
  • First Point - "15"
  • Second Point - "30"
  • Third Point - "40"
  • Fifth Point - "Game"
If both players/teams has won 3 points each, it's a "deuce" and a deciding point shall be played.

Difference between Doubles and Singles

Singles involves two players competing against each other, usually two men or two women, although games between a man and a woman may be played on an informal basis or as exhibitions.

Doubles is played by two players of two teams each, most often all-male or all-female. It utilizes a wider court than singles matches: it includes the area in the alley whereas singles does not.

History of Tennis

Tennis, original name lawn tennis, game in which two opposing players (singles) or pairs of players (doubles) use tautly strung rackets to hit a ball of specified size, weight, and bounce over a net on a rectangular court. Points are awarded to a player or team whenever the opponent fails to correctly return the ball within the prescribed dimensions of the court. Organized tennis is played according to rules sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the world governing body of the sport.

Serving

A serve (or, more formally, a service) in tennis is a shot to start a point. A player will hit the ball with a racket so it will fall into the diagonally opposite backside box without being stopped by the net.

Equipment

Balls

They must be yellow or white, with a diameter between 6.54 and 7.3cm and a weight between 56.0 and 59,49g.


Court

A smooth, level playing area, covered with grass, clay or an artificial surface.


Net

The net is attached between two poles and divides with an equal distance the two sides of the court. The Height of the net is in its centre of 0,914m and on its two sides of 1,07m.


Racket

A light bat with a frame in wood, steel or graphite with a network of cord, catgut or nylon, stretched in an essentially elliptical frame.

Ace

An ace is a legal serve that is not touched by the receiver, winning the point. In professional tennis, aces are generally seen on a player's first serve, where the server can strike the ball with maximum force and take more chances with ball placement, such as the far corners of the service box.

Alley

Singles matches do not include the part of the tennis court called the alley. Doubles – two teams of two players each, most often all-male or all-female. The two players on the receiving side change positions after each point played: one at the net and the other near the baseline preparing to return serve.

Deuce

In standard play, scoring beyond a "deuce" score, in which both players have scored three points each, requires that one player must get two points ahead in order to win the game. This type of tennis scoring is known as "advantage scoring."

Double Faullt

If the ball lands outside the service box or does not clear the net or the net post, it is known as a 'fault'. If any part of the ball touches the line, the ball is in (as shown above).

Ground Stroke

A ground stroke or ground stroke in tennis is a forehand or backhand shot that is executed after the ball bounces once on the court. It is usually hit from the back of the tennis court, around the baseline.

Volley

    A volley in tennis is a shot in which the ball is struck before it bounces on the ground. Generally a player hits a volley while standing near the net, although it can be executed farther back, in the middle of the tennis court or even near the baseline. The word derives from M. French volée meaning flight.