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scoring in tennis

Each tennis match is made up of two to three sets. To win a set, you must win at least six games. The games are scored starting at "love" (or zero) and go up to 40, but that's actually just four points. From love, the first point is 15, then 30, then 40, then game point, which wins the game

history of tennis

It is now played on a variety of surfaces. The origins of the game can be traced to a 12th–13th-century French handball game called jeu de paume (“game of the palm”), from which was derived a complex indoor racket-and-ball game: real tennis

ace in tennis

In tennis, an ace is a legal serve that is not touched by the receiver, winning the point. In professionaltennis, 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

deuce in tennis

Score of 40–40 in a game. A player must win two consecutive points from a deuce to win the game, unless the tournament employs deciding points, as in the 2010 ATP World Tour Finals. A player who has won one point after deuce is said to have the advantage.

alley in tennis

Area of the court between the singles and the doubles sidelines, which together are known as tramlines

double flout

Two serving faults in a row in one point, causing the player serving to lose the point

ground stroke

Forehand or backhand shot that is executed after the ball bounces once on the court


A shot hit, usually in the vicinity of the net, by a player before the ball bounces on their own side of the court
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