Everything You Need to Know about the Sport Tennis

Everything You Need to Know about the Sport Tennis

Everything You Need to Know about the Sport Tennis


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Tennis traces its roots back to late 19th century England, where it was often referred to as “royal tennis.” In 1968, tennis expanded to the open era, where the best players in the world could qualify and compete in major tennis tournaments. This not only allowed for players to make a living off the sport, but led to the International growth of tennis.


How to play Tennis


Tennis is considered another “stick and ball” game, which makes it easily accessible for many players. The most important part of the your game is finding a racquet that’s comfortable and perfectly complements your swing. Tennis players may also wear lightweight shoes to help keep them nimble, and visors to keep the sun out of their eyes.


There are really no “positions” in tennis, as it is either a one-on-one or two versus two matchup.


Rules of Tennis


  • Player possession is decided before each set in a coin toss, much like football.
  • Four points are required to win a set. These points go by 15, 30, 40, and then the match point. If a game is tied at 40 (or deuce), the only way to win is by piecing together two consecutive points.
  • The first player to win six sets wins the match. If your opponent wins five sets, you’ll have to win a seventh to be declared the victor. In the case of a six-six tie, the first player to seven points is the winner.
  • Tennis is one of the very few sports that is playable on multiple terrains, such as low-trimmed grass, hard sand, carpet turf, and clay.
  • Tennis courts are 78 feet long and 27 wide for singles, and 36 feet wide for doubles. The center net stands at 3 feet 6 inches.
  • A player will have to successfully use their racquet (and only their racquet) to keep the tennis ball up in the air. The ball is only allowed to bounce once every time it goes over the net to the opponent's half.
  • To receive a point, the ball has to land in bounds. If the ball touches any point of the line signaling out of bounds, it still counts as a point. If the ball is served or struck into the net and still makes it over, that counts as a point.
  • Each player serves behind their line. Striking the net once on a serve results in a redo, striking the net a second time results in a double fault and loss of point.
  • If the player’s racquet or body strikes the net or impedes the other player in any way, that is considered a penalty and that player loses the point.
  • New tennis balls are introduced every six games.


The four major tournaments of tennis include Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, the French Open, and the Australian tournament. If a player wins all four major tournaments, it’s called a Grand Slam. Very few players in the history of tennis have accomplished this feat.



Written by Devin Pickell

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