Rules and Scoring
Basic Rules of Tennis:
A game of tennis is played with the aim of scoring points by striking the ball in a way that an opponent can not successfully return it. Tennis can be played indoor or outdoor, on a rectangular court by two persons (known as singles) or by four persons (doubles). Tennis courts are about seventy-eight feet long and are twenty-seven feet wide for single play, or thirty-six feet wide for double play. Service courts are those spaces on the either side of the net. The service court on the player's right is known as the deuce court, while the service court on the left is known as the advantage court, or ad court for short. A tennis game is commenced with the server from one team tossing the ball into the air and hitting it with a racquet. The goal is to send the ball in a diagonal direction so that it lands in the receiver's deuce court. When the first point of the game is made, players move to the left and continue play from the advantage court. They then continue to alternate between courts after each point is made until the game has been won.
In tennis, you have games and matches.
-four points to win a game
- six games to win a set
-two (or, more rarely, three) sets to win a match
When counting points, you dont say 1,2,3, or 4. If you had 0 points, you use the term love. So to say the score, you would say 30-love, or whatever the score was. 1 point would be 15. 2 points would be 30. 3 points would be 40. When the score is 15-15, you would say 15 all. When the score is 40 all, you call deuce. When you play deuce, you  alternate serves untill you score 2 points in a row. When you win the frist point it would be called an advantage. So you would say ad in. If you wouldve lost the point, you would say ad out. Once you get the advantage, you need to win the second point to win the set. If you dont, you would go back to deuce, then repeat the whole process.
Fun Facts:
All tennis courts used to be made of grass.
Before tennis was a pro sport, the winners of Wimbledon only got 15 dollars.
Arthur Ashe was the first African-American to win the US Open.
Helen Wills Moody won all 16 grand slams she entered.
John Isner and Nicolas Mahut competed in the longest tennis match ever that lasted 11 hours and five minutes.
Which tennis player famously yelled "You cannot be serious!" at an umpire?
A: John McEnroe

Last Modified on March 29, 2011