Are you interested in learning how to play tennis? Do you want to know what’s happening at a tournament or when you’re watching tennis on TV? To comprehend tennis, you’ll obviously need to be familiar with the tennis game’s tennis rules. However, these can be difficult to recall at first, but we’ll go over each and every detail with you as clearly as possible.

In today’s article on tennis rules, we’re so glad to help you comprehend everything that has to do with tennis.



Basic Types Of Equipment

A tennis match simply requires a tennis racket, tennis shoes, a tennis ball, and a tennis court with a standard net. Your racket head and grip should be the correct size and weight for your skill level for easy handling. 

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Your shoes should have adequate lateral support to keep your ankles from sliding during side-to-side movements (running shoes are not recommended).

A specific dress code may be required at some tennis clubs. Fabric wristbands and headbands can also be worn to keep sweat out of your eyes and off your overgrip.

For more information, watch this video: Beginner Tennis Lesson: What’s in the Bag / What You Need For a Tennis Match

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Who serves first

A simple coin flip is usually used to resolve the age-old question of who serves first. The player who wins in the coin toss can either serve first or choose which side of the court he wants his opponents to serve.

Until the set is over, the server will continue to serve the ball to the receiver. The receiver will become the server after the set is completed and serve the ball until the next set is done. This is a process that will be repeated throughout the match.

Fault And Double Fault

It’s important to remember that the server has two chances to serve the ball within the service court, as shown in the diagram below. A fault means that the server fails to get his initial serve into the diagonally opposite service court. If the server cannot get his second serve into the diagonally opposite service court, he commits a double fault, and the receiver earns a point.

The server is permitted to re-serve the ball into the service court if the ball hits the net and falls within the service court, known as a “net serve.”

For example, if a “net serve” is made on a server’s first serve, the server is permitted to re-serve his initial serve. There is no limit to a player’s ability to commit an infinite number of “net serves.”

The server should stand in front of the right side of the baseline and serve the ball diagonally across to the receiver’s proper service court, then serve diagonally across to the receiver’s left service court from his left side of the baseline.

Counting Scores

Counting scores in a match is a difficult task. So, the server’s score is always stated first throughout the game, followed by the receiver’s.

A tennis match’s point system is as follows:

A player must have a two-point lead to win the match.

If the score is 40-40 (a “Deuce”), a player must score two consecutive points (an “Advantage” point and a “Point”) to win the game. The score will be “Deuce” once more if the player who has an “Advantage” point loses the following point.

A set is won when a player wins at least six games with a two-game advantage over his opponent; for example, a six-game set might end with a score of 6 – 0 or 6 – 4, but not 6 – 5. A player must win two consecutive games before winning a set when tied at 5-5. A player may, for example, win a set with a score of 7 – 5 or 8 – 6.

IN or Out

The big question underlying every shot is whether it’s IN or OUT, which is why tennis professionals like Agassi and McEnroe lash out at match officials. A handbook to both the singles and doubles games can be found here.

For a point to be scored in a game of singles, the ball must be hit within both the SERVICE COURTS, the BACKCOURT, and the ALLEY LINE, as shown in the diagram below. Balls struck between the SIDE LINE and the ALLEY LINE are deemed out of court, and your opponent receives a point.

For a point to be scored in a doubles game, the ball must be hit within both SERVICE COURTS, the BACKCOURT, and the space between the ALLEY LINE and the SIDELINE.  

Final Thoughts

For newbies without any experience in playing tennis, we hope our article on “tennis rules” has gone through some basic things needed to know before playing this sport. Learning to play tennis is like learning to play any other sport; it takes time and commitment to excel at it genuinely. However, if you are determined to play, you will know the best way to learn and practice.

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