Rules And Regulations Of The Game: Tennis


(New Scientist)

Jacob Kolb, Sports Editor

In Tennis, there is an objective, strategy, terminology, and sudden death rules on the game. Any positive or negative plays can hurt or help your chances of winning or losing. The following paragraphs will show you how these factors can apply in Tennis.




In Tennis, the goal is to get the most set wins. Tennis games usually consist of five sets. To win a set, you must win four individual matches within that set.  Tennis is played on a rectangular hard court, and can have one or two players on each side of the net . When playing a specific match, you can only win that match by making sure the ball is playable on the other side of the net, and that the opponent can’t respond to your hit. Now that we know this, here is some strategy to win a Tennis game.




Strategy is an important factor in the sport Tennis, as well as any other sport. Here are ideas to keep in mind during the match/set in which you are playing.


Out Of Bounds Location: When playing Tennis, watch where you are swinging the ball. Hitting the ball to far left or right may result in an out of bounds ball, making you lose the match. If you are worried that you will hit the ball out of bounds, try to keep the racquet parallel to the painted line behind you. Depending on the angle and your hand position, you should have a very good chance of hitting the ball in play on your opponent’s side of the court.


Position Yourself To Be Able To Hit The Ball: Assuming you are playing Tennis for the first time, simply place yourself in the center of the court. Then just move to wherever the ball happens to be and hit it (If it is playable, otherwise don’t bother hitting it) and return to the center of the court waiting for the next hit. Now, if you are a professional, really pay close attention to how your opponent plays, what side of the court they like to place the ball on, and move accordingly. “What if my opponent is skilled at varying their ball placement?” If you can’t figure that out, read where on the court they are looking at, go to that area because most times, the ball goes to that area. In short, eye reading is key in that type of scenario.








Terminology is something that is very often used during the play of Tennis. It can help you understand surroundings and your point amount. Here is terminology on the sport:


Net: This occurs when on your server, or during a rally (next term) you happen to hit the tennis ball, but instead of going to the opponent side, it hits the net instead rewarding your opponent points.


Rally: This is what is suppose to happen during tennis, the ball goes back and forth until someone can find a way to score


Love: “Say what now?” Love is the point system in tennis. The first time you win a match, you get 15 love, the second time you win, you get 30 love, the third time you win, you get 40 love, and finally, if you win a fourth match, you win that set.


Set: A set is the four matches in which you play within it. You have to win the majority of the sets to win the tennis game.


Sudden Death:


In Tennis, sudden death usually has spectators at the edge of their seats. Sudden death is when both you and your opponent have won three rallies/matches in a set. Now you may be asking yourself, “Does the person who scores next win?” Sorta, let me explain. If you find yourself in this scenario during a tennis match, you are in what tennis terminology calls a “deuce.” A deuce is a tied game when both players are trying to win a set when they have 3 matches/rallies won each. Now let’s say you are in a deuce of a 40-40 love score and you happen to win the first deuce match. No, do not do your happy dance, pass go, or collect $200 just yet. Winning this match simply means you have an advantage. Having an advantage means if you win the next rally/match you win the whole set. “What if my opponent wins that advantage match?” Well, back to where you started, deuce. You must win by two rallies to win the set. THIS DOES NOT END UNTIL THERE IS A CLEAR WINNER.