How To Play Tennis
bacics - learning how to play the game of tennis:
played between two players or teams.
Each "set" is defined as playing a single period until
there is a winner. In match play, multiple sets
are played to determine the winner of a "match."
Tennis can be played in the following format:
Singles - Between two individual players.
Doubles - Between four players, two to each side (all
women or all men).
Mixed doubles - Between four players, two to each side
One player starts each set as the server, and the
opposing player is the receiver.
To start each point, the server stands behind his
baseline, between the center mark and the sideline
Anatomy of the Tennis Court). The receiver
may stand ready to return the serve anywhere behind
his side of the net.
A legal serve requires that the ball leaves the
racquet and travels over the net without touching
it, and into the diagonally
opposite service court.
If the ball does hit the net during a serve, but lands
in the receiver's court, then this is called a let
service, which stops play, but does allow the server
to re-attempt his serve. If the serve goes over
the net, but does not land within the receiver's
service court, this is called a fault, and then
provides the server with one more chance to serve
If the second serve is also faulty, this is called a
double fault and the receiver wins the point.
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