Tennis is one of the most popular and loved sports today; the game as we know it took shape somewhere in the late nineteenth-century Birmingham in England and it was known as “lawn tennis”. Since then, tennis rules have not changed very greatly, with one or two small exceptions. Usually, tennis is played between two opposing players, but sometimes it is also played in two-player teams, or doubles. For those who wish to learn how to play tennis it’s important they know a bit about the basic tennis rules; they’re not too many or too complicated, but the best way to learn is always to play the sport. That way you’ll learn about what can or cannot be done from experience, from your own mistakes.Tennis Player Preparing to Serve --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis
There’s an aphorism about the sport saying that whereas tennis rules are simple, the game itself is complex, and that’s true enough. First of all, the two players are positioned on opposite sides of the field, or court as it is known in tennis terms. The player whose turn it is to hit the ball is called “server”, while the other one is the “receiver”. Similarly with other sports, the rights to serve, receive or choose a court side are decided in the beginning by coin toss. The winner chooses his side of court and whether they want to be server of receiver.
Next on the list of tennis rules is serving the ball. The server stands behind the baseline on the deuce court and serves the ball, but only when the receiver is ready. Points won from the deuce court are even and those played from the advantage court are odd. The server aims to send the ball from his deuce court into the adversary’s service box on the deuce court, and from the advantage court to the advantage box. If he misses twice, the server looses the point.
As for receivers, tennis rules say they can stand wherever they want, but they must be prepared to send the ball back, once it hits the service box. If the ball doesn’t bounce on the service box the hit is considered a fault and the server can try again, but if the receiver hits the ball before it touches the service box, the point goes to the server. The score in tennis is counted every 15 numbers, so the player who wins a point gets a score of 15. Zero points are termed “love” in tennis rules. There are a few more finesse rules that completely explain tennis, but the best way to understand it is by practicing it regularly.