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Basic rules of tennis



The aim of tennis

Tennis is a wonderful sport and is also wonderfully simple. Although there are a few basic rules to consider.

It is played on a rectangular court by either two players (singles) or four (doubles).

Players stand on opposite sides of a net and use a stringed racket to hit a ball back and forth to each other.

Each player has a maximum of one bounce after it has been hit by their opponent to return the ball over the net and within the boundaries of the court.

Once a player fails to do any of these three things, their opponent wins a point.

The aim is to win enough points to win a game, enough games to win a set and enough sets to win a match.

The first person to win six games wins a set, but only if they are leading by two clear games.

That means that if your opponent wins five games, you must win the set 7-5, or play a tie-break if the game score reaches six all.

Matches are usually the best of three (women) or the best of five sets (men), although some men's tournaments just play the best of three sets.




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