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Rules: Scoring and Serving

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In this video you will learn the basic rules and the scoring system in tennis.

You can check out the videos 'Introduction to Tennis' and the tie-break scoring.

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K.B. Geisenhof - Sikana
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In this video, you will learn about the scoring system in tennis.

A tennis match is made up of sets and games

The number of sets played is defined before the match

It is most common to play 3 sets, but professional men's tennis often play 5 sets

Each set is made up of 6 games

Each game is made of up 4 points

In a singles game, one player serves while the other receives

Players switch roles for the next game

Serving always starts on the the right side of the court to the opponent's left

In singles, both players alternate sides after each point

For a serve to be legal it must go into the diagonally-opposite service box, and players have a first and, if necessary, a second serve to do this

If, after their second serve the player cannot get the ball into their opponent's service box, this is called a "double fault" and they lose point

At the start of a game, when neither player has scored a point, the score is referred to as "love all"

When the first point is won, the score becomes 15-love

Note that the server's score is always read first

Should the server then win the second point, the score becomes 30-love

And if they win the third point, the score becomes 40-love

If the server wins the fourth point, he wins the game

The server alternates after each game

Players change sides every two games, except for the initial games of the set, where they change after the first three games

If each player wins three points the score is tied, 40 all or "deuce"

To win the game from deuce, a player must win by two clear points When they win the first point, it is referred to as their 'advantage'

The second point wins them the game

But if both players keep on winning and losing points alternately, the score can go from advantage back down to deuce and back to an advantage indefinitely

In a similar way, sets, comprising 6 games, must be won by two clear games, which is known as a tiebreaker

To learn more about the tiebreaker, see the video on the tiebreaker

Know you know about the rules of the scoring and serving in tennis! The ball's in your court


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