Newcomers to Tennis may find it difficult to keep up with the terms and scores. With a little help from your friends at Tennis Plaza you can be the boss in no-time.
The Singles Tennis Court Serve and Basic Scoring.
The serve is the first action to start off the game and it’s performed tossing the ball in the air and swinging the racquet above the head from behind the baseline (the end line of the court). The served ball has to land on the opposite service box, cross court. Players switch serving every game.
Scoring in tennis happens every time the opponent misses the ball or the player let it bounce twice on their own side of the court. The count up is awkward but simple.
0 is Love
1st point is 15
2nd point is 30
3rd point is 40
4th point is Game.
A game tied 40 all is called “deuce” and to break it one player has to win two points in a row so, in the end the winning score has to be always at least for two points. The idea is to win six games with a margin of two 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. When the score is 6-5 an extra game is played. The player that scores 7-5 wins the set. If the final score is 6-6 you play a tiebreaker, scored from 1 to 7 points, also won by a margin of two points. Finally the player who wins 2 sets out of 3, wins the match. In Grand Slams the rule is to win 3 sets out of 5.
Must-know Tennis Jargon for Beginners.
ACE: It’s a serve that the receiver misses and it’s an immediate point for the server.
BASELINER: The player who plays from the outer-most edge of the court. (Nadal, Nishikori)
ATTACKER: The player who moves in towards the net to play volleys. (Federer)
VOLLEYS: Shots close to the net, usually before the ball bounces on their own side of the court.
FOREHAND: It’s the stroke performed with the dominant arm and the front of the racquet.
BACKHAND: A stroke performed with the non-dominant side of your body and with the back of the racquet.
SPIN: When the player hits the ball in a way that it rotates in a specific way making it travel and bounce unexpectedly for the opponent. See The Science Behind the Spin Effect
SEED: Term used to identify players whose position in a tournament has been arranged based on ranking so as not to meet other ranking players in the early stages of the tournament.
ATP: Association of Tennis Professionals.
WTA: Women’s Tennis Association
The MASTERS 1000 are a series of tennis tournaments hold in Europe, America and Asia:
- Indian Wells Masters in California.
- Miami Masters
- Monte-Carlo Masters
- Madrid Masters
- Rome Masters
- Canada Masters
- Cincinnati Masters
- Shanghai Masters
- Paris Masters.
Grand Slams also called Majors are the four most important Tennis events hold every year:
- Australian Open
- French Open
- Wimbledon Championships
- U.S Open
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