Tennis rules can be a bit complex to comprehend by an average person by just watching the game. Sets, faults, deuce, etc. all these terms might make an aspiring young tennis player muddled. On the contrary, it is quite easy if a person/player reads all the rules gathered together in one place. Hence we have congregated all the basic tennis rules here. Scroll down below to read.
To break it down in very basic terms, serve is which player gets to hit the tennis ball with his racquet at the beginning of a set. At the beginning of the game, there is a coin toss. The person who wins the toss gets an advantage. He is given two choices:
- To serve first.
- To select the side of the court and let the opponent serve first.
The player who serves first has to serve continuously till the set ends. When the set ends, the service will change and now the opponent player will have to serve. This is a basic tennis rule that continues throughout the game.
Both the players are given 2 chances to serve i.e. to hit the tennis ball with their racquet in such a manner that it lands on the opposite service court which is diagonal to the player serving. If the player who is serving fails to land the ball there then it called a fault serve. The player then again gets a chance to serve. If the ball doesn’t land in the service court of the opponent player again then it is called a double fault. When a double fault is called by the match referee, the opponent player is awarded a point.
During the first serve if the ball touches the net and lands on the service court of the opponent player then it is called net serve. Here the player who served the ball will be given another chance to make the first serve. There is no deduction of points for net serve. This are necessary tennis rules that a player must know.
How To Calculate The Score
There are a few things one needs to keep in mind while calculating the score in a tennis match. The player who gets to open the set at the beginning of the game, his score is read first by the referee then he reads the score of the opponent.
It is a tennis rule that when a player misses hitting the ball back to the opponent he is awarded 15 points (= 1 score point). Repetition of the above leads to 30 points (= 2 score point). Similarly for next one 40 points (= 3 score point). If there is miss again after 40 points then the opponent player receives a set point i.e. he gets the set. During this time if both the players earn 40 points then it is called a deuce. To get yourself out of the deuce one has to win an advantage point and a point. If a player fails to do so the scores roll back to deuce again. It is a tennis rule that a player must have a lead of 2 points or more in order to win the game.