Wimbledon has kicked off and if you’ve decided to back the much-anticipated sporting event of the summer this year, then it’s well worth you learning the scoring system to fully appreciate the game.
Here you can learn how to keep score in tennis; once you’ve got to grips with it, you’ll soon be a fully-fledged fan. Remember to stock up on strawberries and cream!
First off, it’s important to know that each tennis match is made of two to three sets and a player must win at least six games to win a set.
Each game is scored from love (zero) to 40; however, 40 is the equivalent of 3 points. From love, the first point is 15, second is 30 and third is 40. Four points wins a game, with the fourth point known as ‘game’. If there’s a tie, the game is called ‘deuce’ and if a player wins a point after deuce then it’s known as ‘advantage scoring’ or ‘ads’.
If you’ve ever wondered how it’s decided who serves first, it’s as simple as a coin-toss. Whichever player wins the coin-toss gets to decide whether they will serve first or whether their opponent will. They also have the privilege of choosing a side of the court.
The player that serves first continues to serve until that particular game is over, then the other player serves. Players serve from behind the baseline on the right-hand side of the court, between the singles sideline and the centre mark.
How to Score a Game
The score will be announced before each serve, with the server’s score announced first. When a player serves, it must go over the net, land in the service box on the other side and bounce once before it is returned by the opposing player. Each server gets two tries; if the player misses the service box both times then they lose the point.
The players will hit the ball back and forth until either a shot is missed, the ball hits the net or the ball is hit out of bounds. In these cases, the opposing player will get a point. However, if the ball grazes the net but it still lands in the service box, the server can have another attempt. If the ball hits the net and it lands outside the service box, it’s considered a fault.
As mentioned earlier, if there’s a tie, known as deuce, then a player must win two points in a row to break the tie. If a player is serving as deuce and they win the next point, they’ll have an advantage point. However, if the opponent wins, the score will go back to deuce until a player wins by two points in a row.
After the game, players will switch from server to receiver and vice versa. Players will switch sides of the court after each odd-numbered game.
How to Score a Set
The score must be announced in sets before each serve. Players need to win six games in order to complete a set and the first person to do so will win the set, unless it goes to deuce.
With deuce, one player needs to win a set by at least two games.
How to Score a Match
A tennis match is made up of a sequence of sets. The winner is determined by the most wins per set. However, if each player wins a set then they’ll have to play a third set.
So, now you know the rules of tennis, your Wimbledon experience this summer will be far more enjoyable; you’ll actually be able to understand what’s going on!
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