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Tennis Scores

For many a tennis observer, tennis scores are a source of confusion. We have put together a comprehensive description of everything involved in tennis scoring. Once you read this, you will be able to impress your friends at the next tennis match, because you will actually know what's going on with the score and why!

Tennis Scores - Standard Tennis Scoring

The really funny thing about tennis scores is that it's not as complex as you may think. Basically the first two game points are worth 15 on the score board, the third point adds 10 to the score, and the fourth point wins. Here is how the standard tennis game is scored:

Love = Zero
First point = 15
Second point = 30
Third point = 40
Fourth point = Game
When calling the score, the server's score is always called first.

Tennis Scores - Deuce and Advantage

Of course, there are exceptions. If the score is tied 40-40, or 40-all, it is called Deuce. When one player scores the point after deuce, the score is called Advantage (or Ad). Ad In or Advantage Server means the serving player scored, and Ad Out or Advantage Receiver indicates that the receiving player scored.

If the advantage player scores the next point, they win, or score Game. If the advantage player loses the next point, the score becomes Deuce again. This continues until one of the players scores two points in a row for Game.

Tennis Scores - Tie-Breakers

Scoring is a bit different during a tie-break game. Points in a tie-break game are scored consecutively: zero, 1, 2, 3, and so on. In order to win the tie-breaker, a player must score 7 points and have at least 2 more points than their opponent. So, the tie-break game continues until one player's score is at least 2 points higher than the other's.

In a tie-break game, whichever player's turn it is to serve next, gets to serve the first point. The next two points are served by the other player, and then each player takes turns serving for two points in a row until there is a winner. Whoever serves first in the tie-break game becomes the receiver in the first game of the next set.

Tennis Scores - Sets and Matches

A set is scored using either the Advantage Set or the Tie-Break Set. If the players use the Advantage Set scoring, they play until one player (or team) wins 6 games, and the other player wins 4 games or less. There has to be a margin of at least 2 games in order for one player to win the set.

The Tie-Break Set also requires the winner to win 6 games with a 2-game margin over their opponent. However, if both sides should win 6 games, they must play a tie-break game to determine a winner.

Most matches consist of best of 3 sets, so whoever wins 2 sets wins the match.


 

 


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