Tennis is usually played between two players (singles) or between two teams of two players (doubles). The objective of the game is to hit the ball to your opponent in such a way that the opponent is unable to return it. The game is played by millions of recreational players of all ages. The four biggest events in Tennis are the four Grand Slam tournaments (known as Majors) - Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open. Tennis can be played by people of all ages right from children to senior citizens. It is good for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and ensures physical and mental agility.
Fun Fact- The first women to play in the Wimbledon tournament wore full- length dresses
Fun fact- Venus and Serena Williams became the first set of sisters to ever win Olympic gold medals in Tennis.
A point is scored by a player when the opponent is not able to make a return or has hit the ball out of the court. The outcome of a tennis match is determined through a best of three or five sets systems. A set consists of a sequence of games played with service alternating between games, ending when the count of games won meets certain criteria. Typically a player wins by winning at least 6 games and at least two more games more than his opponent. For example, if one player has won six games and his opponent five, an additional game is played.
A game consists of a sequence of points played with the same player serving. The first player to have won at least four points in total and at least two points more than the opponent wins a game. The running score of each game is described in a manner peculiar to tennis: scores from zero to three points are describe as “love”, “fifteen”, ”thirty” and “forty” respectively. If players are tied at forty apiece, it is not called out as “forty-forty” but rather as “deuce”.
A game point occurs in tennis whenever the player who is in the lead needs only one more point to win the game. A breakpoint occurs if the receiver, not the server has a chance to win the game with the next point. Break points are of particular importance because serving is generally considered advantageous.
Try out Tennis today!
Here are a few tips to get you started.
WHAT TO WEAR
- Breathable T-shirt, dri-Fit shirt, tank top or singlet
- Pair of sports shorts (females can wear tennis dresses or skirts)(players select shorts that have pockets to store spare balls when serving. If not, you will need a ball clip to attach to the waistband).
- Cushioned socks are recommended
Pair of soft-soled, non-marking tennis shoes
THINGS YOU WILL NEED
- Tennis Racquet
- Tennis Balls
ADDITIONAL ITEMS YOU MIGHT NEED
- Tennis bags
- Extra Grips