One sport that I play is Tennis. The game is tiring yet fun to play. In fact, I joined the Milo Summer Sports Clinics in our town to learn Tennis and won third place. Yay! I may be tan after a month of playing but it was all worth it. If a had the knowledge to share what I learned in the said sports clinics, I’ll do it. But thanks to the book that I found in our library – All About The Game of Tennis by Sonia Grover. I bet the author is a good Tennis player, too, for having a great book. Anyways, here’s what it says.
Tennis is at once an art and a science. Yet like all true art, it has its basis in scientific methods that must be learned and learned thoroughly for a foundation before the artistic structure of a great tennis game can be constructed. Tennis also has a language of its own that you need to know. There are idioms of the game and many technical terms and their counterpart in slang.
A serve begins every point of a tennis match. The player, who initiates the point, is called the server and the one who recieves the ball is called the receiver. To serve, a player tosses the ball into the air and strikes it before it touches the ground., hitting it into the opponent’s service area, known as the service box. Although players usually employ an overhand motion to serve, it is permissible to strike the ball underhanded.
The server delivers the all from behind the baseline. His or her feet must remain outside the court until the ball is struck. On the first serve of a game, the server stands on the right side of the court and attemptsto hit the ball into the service box on the diagonally opposite side of the court. Two tries are permitted for each service. If the ball first strikes any part of the opponent ‘s court except the service box, or exits the court altogether, a fault is called. If the ball is served into the net or if it strikes the net before hitting the opponent’s court outside the service boxor before exiting the court altogether, it calls for a fault. If the server’s foot enters the court before service is completed it is called a foot fault. After one fault, a server may serve again. If both tries result in faults, it calls for a double fault and the opponent wins the point. If the serve, on either try, touches the net and then falls into the diagonally opposite service box, a let is called, and the server is permitted to serve again.
After a successful serve the ball is hit back and forth until one player or side fails to return the ball successfully. A shot is unsuccessful, when a player lets the ball bounce twice, drives it into the net, or hits it beyond the bounderies of the opposite side of the court. If the ball strikes the line of the court, it is considered in play. If after hitting the net a shot falls out of the bounds on the opposite side of the court, it is considered out; if the ball falls in bounds in the opposite court, it is considered in play. When a shot is unsuccessful, the opponent scores a point.
Scoring is identical in the singles and doubles games. In tennis competition, the score of the server is always given first. Typical scores at stages of a given tennis game might be “love-15” or “40-30.” Players must win six games to win the set, but they must win by at least two games. Thus, if a set becomes tied at 5-5, at least 7 game victories are required to win the set. A tiebreaker is often employed if a set becomes tied at 6-6. A tiebreaker is generally played to 7-points, but because it must be won by at least two points also, it may be extended. The winner of a tiebreaker is recorded as having won the set 7-6, regardless of the point total achieved in the tiebreaker. Tennis matches are usually the best two out of three sets or the best three out of five sets.