Sports & Fitness

Tennis Rules For Beginners

Jan 15, 2023 ByAndrew Parker

Tennis is a versatile sport that can enhance your balance, agility, and hand-eye coordination. Additionally, it can improve your capacity for critical analysis and problem-solving. It’s critical to familiarize yourself with all of the words and rules to play tennis properly and fairly. Before ever stepping foot on a court, every tennis player must get familiar with the sport’s unique jargon. See the list of tennis terminology below.

In the case of an ace, the point is forfeited because the service returner could not make contact with the opponent’s serve. Additionally, regarded as a winner is a service ace. The tennis score is said to be “advantage-in” if the server wins the following point following a deuce, also known by the more common term “ad-in.” The left half of the tennis court, where there is an advantage, is where ad-in points are served. Should the serving side score once more, the match is over. The score resets to a deuce if the player loses their lead point.

In tennis, a deuce occurs when the score is 40-40 (sometimes known as 40-all). The deuce court, or right side, is where deuce scores are always served. If there is no tiebreaker format used, an advantage set is played, requiring a two-game victory in each set. The record-breaking advantage set match in history was played at Wimbledon between pro tennis rivals John Isner and Nicolas Mahut in 2010. Isner prevailed 70-68 in the fifth set, which lasted more than eight hours.

Regarding serves, a Fault occurs when the server smashes the ball into the net, the incorrect service box, or out of bounds on the first serve. A foot fault, also known as a server touch or step fault, can happen when the server touches or steps above the baseline while serving. Since the doubles match features two players each, the doubles lanes in tennis allow for larger space to play by freeing up the entire court. The doubles alleys, the two sections along the sides of a typical tennis court, are only used during doubles matches. The double lanes are referred known as tramlines in the UK.