Tennis

Bryan and John

Tennis

History

Tennis originated in England around the 19th century and is now played in countries around the world. There is four major tournaments: Wimbledon, The U.S. Open, The French, The Australian Tournament.

Scoring

You need to score four points to win a game, each point is worth 15. The fourth point would result in winning point or end of game. If the score went to 40-40 it would be known as a duece. If a player reaxches a deuce the player must win by two points.

Gameplay

To serve the tennis ball, the server must stand behind the base line and between the center line and base line and must hit the ball to the opposite side in the opposite serve box from the one you are serving behind. As the ball is served it will be played by the opponent to keep the other team from scoring. The ball can be scored by making the ball bounce twice on the other side of the net, by making it hit inside the game play lines and bouncing out without the other team hitting it, or the other team hits it out of play.

Dimensions

Court

The court 78 feet long and 27 feet wide for singles and 36 feet wide for doubles. The court has a net at the middle of the court that has a 3 foot high net. The serving line is 21 feet away from the net.

Singles vs. Doubles

Singles- Played between two people, 1v1, Flipping a coin decides who serves first, the server has to stand between the serving line and single sideline, it will challenge you more mentally and physically.

Doubles- Played between four people, 2v2, Servers rotate from team to team after they serve, teams can decide which player serves first, teammates can stand anywhere on the court, communication is key in doubles.

Words

Ace- is a legal serve that is not touched by the receiver.

Alley- the extra area used for doubles.

Double Fault- two successive server faults.

Deuce- 40-40, player needs two consecutive points to win.

Ground stroke- 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.

Requirements

  • Racquet
  • Players
  • Court
  • Net
  • Game Lines