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Tennis Rules COURT AREA: SINGLES Match Is Played Between 2 Players DOUBLES Match Is Played Between 4 Players SERVING Decided by Spinning the Racquet Winner Can Decide to Serve, Receive, or Pick a Side of the Court Server Starts Game Serving From the Right Side of the Court

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  • Match Is Played Between 2 Players

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  • Match Is Played Between 4 Players

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  • Decided by Spinning the Racquet

  • Winner Can Decide to Serve, Receive, or Pick a Side of the Court

  • Server Starts Game Serving From the Right Side of the Court

  • Reviver Starts From the Right Side of Court

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  • Both Will Now Alternate From the Right to Left Until the Game Is Completed

  • Receiver Is Always Diagonal From Server

  • Server Score Is Always Said First

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  • Change Sides of the Court When the Total Game Adds to an ODD Number (1,3 5..)

  • Remember You Do Not Have to Hit a Bad Toss on a Serve

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Doubles Serving

  • Team A Decides to Serve

  • A1 Serves Entire Game

  • After Switching Sides, B1 Serves

  • A2 Serves, Switch Sides and B2 Serves

  • Now Back to A1

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Doubles Serve Receive

  • Establish Which Side of Court (Right or Left) to Receive Service

  • Maintain This Relationship the Entire SET

  • Can Switch After Each Set

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  • A Served Ball Strikes the Top of the Net and Falls INTO the Proper Service Area - Result = Re-do the Service Attempt

  • Court Hinder

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  • A Served Ball Lands Outside of the Service Zone

  • 2 Faults Per Service Point

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  • Won When the Opponent Hits Into the Net, Outside Boundary Lines, or Does Not Hit Ball Before Bouncing Twice

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  • May Last From 4 Points to an Indefinite Number of Points

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  • Won When One Player Has Won at Least 6 Games and Is Leading by at Least 2 Games

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  • Won When a Player Wins:

    • 2 Out of 3 Sets

    • 3 Out of 5 Sets

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  • Involves Teams or Individuals Competing Against Other

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  • Introduced So That a 6-6 Set Could End Quickly

  • 12 Point Tie-breaker

  • Player or Team That Wins 7 Points (Ahead by at Least 2) Wins the Game and Set

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  • Player Who’s Turn It Is to Serve Starts the Tie-break From the Right Service Court

  • Opponent Serves Points 2 and 3 From the Left and Right Courts, Respectively

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  • Serve Then Alternates Until the Tie Break Is Completed

  • Players Change Ends After Every 6 Points Are Won

  • Player or Team Who Served First in the Tie-break Receives the Serve in the First Game of the Next Set

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Tie-Breaker Summarized

Player A Player B







Change Ends



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  • Played on the Honor System

  • Take Practice Serves Prior to Starting the Match

  • Keep Your Own Score and Say Prior to Each Point

  • Responsible for Calling Shots on Your Side of the Court

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  • If You Are in Doubt Whether a Shot Was in.. Call It Good

  • Play in Shots. Immediately Call “Out” Prior to Hitting the Shot

  • Hold Racket up in Air to Pause Play (Ball Into Court)

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  • Do Not Walk Behind Courts When a Point Is Being Played

  • Server Should Always Start With 2 Tennis Balls

  • Be a Good Sport !!!

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Weather Information

  • If In Doubt, Please Enter AHC and Look For Tennis Sign

  • Dress Accordingly!!!

  • Courts Dry + Above 45 => OUTSIDE

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More Information

  • Please Visit My Website


  • Highlight the “Courses” Tab

  • Go To the PHE 120 Class

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Remember – For Next Class

  • Tennis Racket

  • 2 NEW Can of Tennis Balls

  • Appropriate Attire