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Tennis Scoring

Tennis scoring probably makes no sense to anyone who is not familiar with the game and how it is scored. However, you can learn how to follow tennis scores easily by just learning these guidelines used in tennis scoring.

Have you ever heard the phrase, "Game - Set - Match"? In tennis, a match is made up of tennis sets, and tennis sets are made up of tennis games, and tennis games are made up of tennis points. A typical tennis match contains 3 sets.

Tennis Scoring - Games

Keeping score in a tennis game is somewhat unusual, but basically each game contains a series of points from 0 to 3. When the score is called during a game, special tennis terms are used:

0 game points = Love
1 game point = a score of 15
2 game points = a score of 30
3 game points = a score of 40
4 game points = Game

There is one serving player per game, decided by a coin toss. The game winner must have at least 4 points, and their score must also be at least 2 points higher than their opponent.

For example, if you have 4 points and your opponent has 2, you win the game. However, if you have 4 points and your opponent has 3, you must keep playing until you have at least 2 more points than the other player.

Tennis Scoring - Deuce

When the score of a game is tied 40-40, this score is called Deuce. In order to win from this stage of the game, you have to score at least 2 points in a row. When the game score is Deuce, the first player to score is said to have Advantage. Depending on which player is in the lead, this can be called Advantage In (if the server is winning), or Advantage Out (if the receiver is winning).

Tennis Scoring - Terminology

The term Game Point is used when one player is in the lead and needs only 1 point to win the game. This same methodology is used with the terms Set Point and Match Point.

The term Break Point is used when the receiving player, rather than the server, goes ahead in the game or has Game Point. This is also called a Service Break, and it does not happen very often.

Tennis Scoring - Sets

A tennis set contains a certain number of tennis games. During a set, the players alternate serving, switching on every odd game.

A set usually ends when one player wins 6 games plus 2 more games than their opponent. If both players win 6 games, then the set is decided by a tie-break game.

Tennis Scoring - Matches

Tennis matches are made up of an odd number of sets, in which the player with the most set wins is the winner of the match.

A match ends as soon as one player wins more than half of the total games. For example, if your match is best of 3, the match ends as soon as one player wins 2 games.


 

 


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