7:29 am - Friday October 31, 2014

The Basics of Tennis

Tennis is one of the most popular sports on the planet. While it has declined a bit in the past few years, it is still one of the oldest sports that enjoys a very rich tradition. In fact, in the year 1874, tennis was patented and became an universal sport immediately. But, before that, the game goes all the way back to the Ancient Greeks, where they played it for centuries. It first became popular in France, followed by England and Portugal before going popular all over the world.


Tennis is a sport that requires solo training and a mindset that you hold yourself accountable for all actions. Tennis is one of the few major sports where it is totally solo when you are on the court, so knowing how to control yourself and push yourself is a must in this sport.


In tennis, you need to showcase a lot of skills, such as grace, endurance, strength and decision-making in split seconds. In fact, you need to have a game plan going into any match and you also need to be thinking a few shots ahead before every point and try to carry out that plan to the best of your abilities.


Tennis is played on a court that is 27 feet wide and 78 feet long. The first courts were made of grass, but nowadays, it can be played on clay, hard-tru, concrete and of course grass. There are many different types of concrete too, and most concrete services are never the same. The court is divided in half by a net that is 3 feet high in the middle and 3 feet 6 inches high on the outside poles holding up the net.


There are two types of games, either singles or doubles. Also, there are two different lines for singles and doubles, as there is more space allotted for doubles play.


The basic way to play is for one player to hit the ball across the net and then the other player must return it by not letting the ball bounce more then once.


You then play for points, which are called 15, 30 and 40. Once you get to 4 points, you win the game. But, if you tie at 3-3, you have to play until you win two points in a row. Once you win a game, you must then win a set. A set is made up of 6 games. The first person to reach 6 games wins. But, you must also win by 2. If it is 5-5, then you need to win the next two games to win the set. If it gets 6-6, you must then go to a tiebreaker, where you need to be the first person to win 7 points. Again, you must win by 2, so you keep going until you get a winner.


These are the basics of tennis. If you wish to learn more, there are plenty of resources available to you.



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