There are some basic rules which you must know before you start to play. Also you will have to be in relatively good shape.
To start off with you will need a tennis racquet and some tennis ball, you don’t need a net if your are a complete beginner. It’s probably more important to have a good pair of sneakers rather than a tennis net.
Tennis is probably best played using lightweight clothing as this helps with movement.
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There are many local courts you can play on or joining a local club is a fun way to learn. Practicing the basics of hand eye coordination and learning to hit a tennis ball with accuracy, rather than power, in the early days is far more important. Especially amongst younger players.
The introduction of the net, can come at a later stage in the development of a player.
The basics rules of the game are to hit the ball over the net, into the opponents half of the court, without the ball going out of bounds. The ball cannot bounce more than once in your half of the court, and the boundaries of the court are defined by the lines.
In the game of doubles the court is wider, so you play to the outer lines at the sides of the court. In the singles version of the game you play in the inner lines at the side of the court. The baseline is the same whether playing a doubles or singles game.
When serving there are four boxes, two either side of the net in the middle of the court. The ball has to land in the box diagonal to where you are serving from. You have two attempts to hit the ball into the box, otherwise you lose a point to your opponent.
The ball can be returned to any part of the boundaries of the court.
Once a point is won, the next serve has to be played from the same baseline, but at the other side. For example, if you serve from the left hand side of the court, the next serve has to be from the right hand side of the court. Regardless if you win or lose the point.
A game consists of the first player to win four points. However if both players score three points in a game this is know as Deuce. You then have to win by two clear points once a Deuce score is reached.
To win a set then you have to be the first player to win 6 games. Similar to the Deuce system, you have to win a set by two clear games, should both players reach 5 games.
Unless you are in a Grand Slam tournament then to win a match the winner is the best of 3 sets. In a Grand Slam tournament it is the best of 5 sets for male players.
You may have heard an tennis umpire refer to the end of a tennis match as game, set and match.
There are more complexities to the game and the scoring system, but I find the best way to learn the game is to simply play. The scoring system is something a player picks up naturally once they start to play.