Thanks for sharing the interest in tennis with us. Before you sign-up for the beginner’s lessons, we wanted to help you out and give you the basic info about the game and every little detail we thought you should know.
Is this the first time you are going to take a racket? The rules of tennis are far from complicated. In the end, everything consists of passing the ball over the net more times than your rival to win the game. Of course, the ball must fall within the regulatory lines, located symmetrically on both sides of the court.
We are delighted that you are encouraged to try this fantastic sport. The body and mind must balance on winning every point and every game to take the match. So let’s help you!
- Parts of the tennis court
According to the official tennis rules, there are three types of approved and accepted surfaces: clay, grass, and hard court, while on the other surfaces, this sport is not realized according to the exact rules. However, all the tracks have a series of elements common to all of them. That said, a tennis court is made up of the following details:
Tennis courts, regardless of their surface, have precisely the same dimensions, unlike other sports such as soccer, where they have to be adjusted to margins and intervals of length and width.
In this sense, a tennis court, whose shape is rectangular, must measure 23.77 meters long, 10.97 meters wide.
- Kick box
Under tennis rules, there must be four service squares on all courts, two on each side of the net. The function is to delimit the space where the ball must bounce after the opponent’s serve.
They are the same length along with the tennis court, and a width of 1.37 meters. Each of the two tracks has two entrances, one on each side. They are only in use when the match is doubled (one pair against another).
It marks the separation between both sides of a tennis court. It is a crucial element because, in addition to not being able to be touched by a player, by his clothing or by his racket until the point ends, it is the obstacle that players must overcome to pass the ball to the opposite side of the court. That is, in the rival’s playing area.
There are two large boxes on each side of the net. Despite what it may seem, they are not perfectly square. They measure 11.83 meters in the long part of the track, by 10.97 in the full part. That is, the difference is almost one meter.
The lines mark the limit from which a ball cannot bounce, depending on the moment of the point where they are. At the time of service, the limits will be set by the service box. In the latter case, the side aisles would be enabled once the service had been carried out correctly.
According to the official tennis rules, matches are played to the best of 3 or 5 sets. When winning 2 or 3, depending on the tournament, a couple or player is the winner of the match. A set consists of 6 games, while to win a game, 4 points must be achieved in the following order: 15-30-40-game. What happens when two players reach 40?
A game is won by two points difference. When both reach 40 on the scoreboard, a tiebreaker will come to terms where the order will be: equal-advantage-game. The game will continue until one of the two players achieves this score.
In the case of sets, the same thing happens. When both rivals reach five games, as it is necessary to win by a difference of two, the set will be extended to 7. However, in this case, it is limited, since reaching 6-6, a tiebreaker game called tiebreaker. There are tournaments where in the last set, there is no tie-break. The set is in for the long haul until one of the two players is leading two games ahead.
The tie-break happens at 7 points with a difference of 2.From 7 points, the score is unlimited until a player is leading two points ahead of the rival.