By Morgan Jensen

Rules and Game Play

  • The player(s) must earn a minimum of 4 points to win a game.
  • They must play at least 6 games to win one set.
  • The have to win no less than 2 sets to close a match.
  • A coin toss or racquet spin are usually how player(s) figure out who serves.


  • 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)
  • Must be a two point advantage.
  • A player scores a point when the ball hits the opponents court and goes out.
  • Another way is if the opponent hits the ball out of your court completely without touching your court, the score is yours.

Doubles VS Singles

  • In singles, the server and receiver change position (from left to right) after every point and the ends are changed after every odd numbered game.
  • In doubles, both partners can stand anywhere they want, however it is traditional for partners to stand side by side.


  • Tennis is required to be played in a regulation size tennis court.
  • The court has to be 78 feet long (23.77 m) and 27 feet (8.23 m) wide (for singles matches) or 36 feet (10.97 m) wide (for doubles matches).
  • The court must have a 3 feet (0.914 meter) high net (with 3 ½ feet net posts), dividing it down the center.
  • There are different types of floors to play on, they are asphalt, clay, concrete, grass, artificial grass, wood or made of other synthetic materials.
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  • Started in 1873 by Walter Clopton Wingfield.
  • In 1874, tennis was brought to the USA by Mary Ewing in New York.


  • A player must serve the ball from behind the baseline, between the center and side line.
  • Must always serve from the right side of the court.
  • When serving, you must serve diagonally
  • If the serve lands outside the service box or hits the net, the player is gets to serve again.
  • If the serve is faulted twice, the server's opponent gains a point.
  • The service is alternated between opponents, in every game played


Tennis Racquet

  • The racquet is usual 29 inches in length and 12.5 inches in width during a tournament.

  • The strings on the racquet are 15.5 inches long and 11.5 inches wide.

Tennis Ball

  • During tournaments the ball colors are either white or yellow.

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  • is a legal serve that is not touched by the receiver, winning the point.


  • Area of the court between the singles and the doubles sidelines.


  • A player must win two consecutive points from a deuce to win the game, unless the tournament employs deciding points.

Double Fault

  • A

    n instance of two consecutive faults in serving, counting as a point against the server.

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.

Work Cited

  • . NA, 2 Mar. 2016. Web. 17 Mar. 2016. <>. WikipediaNA. "Glossary of Tennis Terms."