The Rules of Tennis – EXPLAINED!


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Ninh explains the Rules of Tennis Tennis, is a game played as singles (where
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one person plays against one person) or doubles (where two people play against two people).
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The object of the game is for you or your team to score more points and to win sets faster
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than the opposing player or team. In the women’s game you have to win 2 sets, and in the men’s
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game, you must win 3 sets. To win a set, you must win at least 6 games,
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and be at least 2 games ahead. To win a game, you must win 4 points and be
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at least two points ahead. Hey, whoa … I’m confused already?!
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Okay, let’s start from the beginning … The tennis court is 78ft long by 36ft wide,
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and the net is 3.5 ft above the ground. These are some of the other dimensions of
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the court, and note that the area of play is different for both singles and doubles.
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The game starts with one player making a serve. To do this, they must stand behind the line
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and hit the ball into this area of the opponent’s court.
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The opponent is allowed a maximum of one bounce to hit the ball back over the net onto the
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other players court. The idea is to hit the ball onto your opponents
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court and for your opponent not to be able to hit it back.
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If you manage to successfully hit the ball onto your opponents court without them returning
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the favour, you score. If you score one point, you score ‘15’
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If you score two points, you score ‘30’ If you score three points, you score ‘40’
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And if you score four points, and are two points ahead, you win the game.
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The only time this is different is when the score is 40-40.
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This is known as deuce, and you now have to win two straight points to win the game.
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After a game is won, the other player or pair serves the ball from the other side to start
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the next game. Once a player has won 6 games and is at least
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2 games ahead, they win a set. Winning 2 sets or 3 sets faster than your
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opponents, wins you the Match.
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So umm … is there anything you can’t do in Tennis?
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Ironically, yes! There’s a lot of things you cannot do in Tennis
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You cannot hit the ball outside the area of play.
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You cannot hit the ball into the net and for it to land on your side of the court.
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You cannot hit the ball twice in succession. You cannot touch the net.
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You cannot touch the ball with any part of your body except with the racket
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and you cannot commit a double fault. If you commit any of these infractions, this
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results in your opponents being awarded a point.
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Now that’s basically Tennis in a nutshell, but there’s a few things you’ll need to
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understand before playing or going to a game.
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For example … Fault/Double Fault
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During a serve, you have two chances to serve the ball legally.
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You must be behind the line and you must hit the ball onto this area of your opponents
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court. Should you fail to do either of those things, this is known as a fault and you must
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serve the ball again. If you commit two faults in a row, this is
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a double fault, and your opponent is automatically awarded a point.
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Let If a legal serve hits the net before landing
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in the opponents area, this is known as a let, and the player is allowed to serve the
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ball again without fault.
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Ace
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If a player serves the ball legally and the opponent cannot return the ball, this is known
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as an ‘ace’. The serving player wins the point.
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Advantage During deuce, if you score one point – you
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are known to have an ‘advantage’. You only need one more point to win the game unless
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your opponent scores.
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Tie Breaker. If the games are tied at 6-6, a tiebreaker
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is used to determine who wins the set. Players take it in turns to serve and the
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aim is to score 7 points and be at least two points ahead. This carries on until someone
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wins the set.
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If you’re still into sure about the scoring system – be sure to watch a few games to
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get used to how it all works. It seems a little complicated, but once you watch or play Tennis,
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the rules will become clear. If you have found this video at all helpful,
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please like, share and subscribe. It takes me ages to make one of these things
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and good karma is very much appreciated. Be sure to follow me on twitter also, but
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in the meantime, enjoy Tennis!
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