Tennis is a racket sport played between two or more players, and the object is to hit a ball over a net and into the opponent’s court, making it difficult or impossible for them to return it.
Tennis Basic Rules
Court: The tennis court consists of two sides divided by a net, each with a baseline, service line, and sidelines for singles and doubles.
Serving: The player serving must stand behind the baseline on their side of the court and hit the ball over the net into the opponent’s service box. The serve must be underhand or overhand and must not touch the net.
Faults: A player is allowed two faults per serve, and if they fail to land a legal serve on their third attempt, they lose the point.
Let: When a serve hits the net and lands in an opponent’s service box, it is called a “let,” and the player can serve again without penalty.
Rally: After the serve, the players take turns hitting the ball over the net until one misses or hits the ball out of bounds.
Scoring: The tennis scoring system is made up of points, games, and sets. Each point is worth one, and a game is won by the first player to score four points, with a two-point lead. A set is won by the first player to win six games, with a two-game lead. Points are referred to as “love” for zero, “15” for one, “30” for two, and “40” for three.
Deuce: It is called ‘deuce’ if both players reach 40 points, and the player who wins the next point gains an advantage. If the same player wins the next point, they win the game. If the other player wins the point, the score returns to deuce.
Tiebreak: The first player to score seven points with a two-point lead wins the tiebreak if the score reaches 6-6 in a set.
Doubles: The court is wider in doubles, and the two players on each team take turns serving and receiving. The server must serve to the other side of the court.