So, you recently developed interest in tennis and really want to learn how to play tennis? If you are a beginner, who wants to get a know-how of everything about tennis and want to play it like a pro, this guide is for you.
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In tennis there are singles, doubles and mixed. In singles, one player plays on each side, in doubles and mixed, two players play on each side of the court shared by the net. These are always the same sex except with the children and in mixed.
What’s The Goal?
The aim of the game of tennis is to win purely from a technical point of view. In tennis, you win if you win more sets than your opponent. Basically, two sentences are sufficient for this. Therefore, you play a maximum of three sets.
How to Score in Tennis?
To win a set, you have to win points. A point is always scored if the opponent is unable to place the ball on the valid playing field. Therefore, you try to place the ball in the opponent’s valid playing field in such a way that he can no longer play back validly.
This is determined by the ball’s first contact with the ground. In the singles, the valid area for the first ground contact of the ball is highlighted and in the case of doubles or mixed, the double fields are added to the valid playing area.
A player can also play the ball back (except during a backstroke of the serve) before this first ground contact (directly from the air = volley) or at the latest after the first ground contact. In wheelchair tennis, a maximum of two touches are permitted before the stroke.
If the ball touches the fence or other fixed device after the first valid contact with the ground, it is considered to be the second contact and point. A setback after that is no longer valid.
The course of the game
There are now exact procedures for playing and counting (details on how to count in tennis). Depending on the numbering, different playing areas are considered valid.
How to Serve In Tennis
Each game for one point is opened with the service. Before the game, the winner will be drawn by lot. A player now serves, the opponent strikes back (“returns”).
The serve is always made behind the baseline into the diagonally opposite field (“serve field”). You always start from the right side.
Depending on the single or double/mixed, the permitted execution space is defined behind the baseline (contrasting in colour) of the player serving. This means that if the double field counts (double and mixed) you may also serve in the imaginary extension of the outer lines.
In doubles and mixed, you can also choose at the beginning of the set which player starts the serve. When it is the same team’s turn to serve again, the other player must serve.
The player may only enter the pitch from the point where the ball hits. If he cannot place the ball in the valid serve field (by the way, the boundary lines always count to the valid field), he still has a second attempt, the so-called “second serve”.
If he fails to hit the service field again, the opponent receives one point. This is called a double fault. If the service touches the net edge and still lands in the valid service field, the service is repeated – otherwise errors.
If the serve lands in the valid field, the point is played on the whole field (in doubles and mixed including the outer double corridors).
Then you turn mirror-inverted from the left side into the diagonally opposite other serve field, etc.
You have to win a set as mentioned at the beginning. You normally have to win 6 service games (your own or your opponent’s). In a service game you have to make 4 points first before your opponent also makes 3 points. T
hen he wins the service game, which gives him a two-point advantage. Details on the counting method with all exceptions and special features are excluded.
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