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Basic Rules Of Tennis
Thinking of starting to play tennis? Tennis is a great sport
that requires mental preparation and physical agility. The first
part of being able to play the game properly is understanding
the rules, and in this article, we'll be discussing what are
commonly agreed upon as the official rules of tennis.
rules that we will discuss are based on the provided courtesy
of the International Tennis Federation.
COURT - Tennis should be played on a court that is built
to certain specifications. The court should be 78 feet
long. For a singles match, the court should be 27 feet
in width, and for doubles matches, the court's width should
be 36 feet. The net should be composed of a net with a
cord of metal cable supporting it at a height of 3 and
a half feet. Service lines should be placed 21 feet from
each side of the net, designating the area in which serving
should be performed.
RACKET - The rackets used in tennis should only have one pair
of crisscrossing strings. Vibration dampening devices are allowed
on the rackets, but they can only be placed outside of the strings.
No devices that incorporate batteries to help your play are
SCORING - Tennis is a unique game in that it has special names
given to the various points awarded. When calling out the score,
the person serving the ball should always say their score first.
A score of zero is called out by saying ‘Love', and from
there, the points go to 15, 30, 40, and game. If both players
get a score of 40, the game must become a tie-breaker, and a
40-40 score is announced by saying ‘Deuce'. In a ‘Deuce'
situation, if a player gets a point, they are said to have ‘Advantage'.
If a player with an ‘Advantage' gets another point, the
game is over. If a player gets a point while the other has ‘Advantage',
the score is reset to ‘Deuce'. When a game is won, another
game is begun until someone gets the best of 7 games. One catch
is that they must win by two. If, at the end of 7 games, a player
is up 4 to 3, another match must be held as winning by two is
necessary. If a player takes the best of 7 games, winning by
2, they are said to have won the match.
Drills: Improving Your Skills Without A Court
by: Gray Rollins
Every tennis players wants to improve his or
her game, and over time most players get better. However, all
too many players are willing to dedicate the time and energy
it requires in order to take their skills to the next level
of excellence; but find that limited access to a court is keeping
them from achieving their goals. If this sounds all too familiar,
try some of these off court drills. By learning how to practice
your tennis technique without needing a court or a net you can
turn a backyard, or even a garage, into your personal tennis
The most effective thing you can do to improve
your game when you don’t have access to a court or a partner
is to build your endurance and do footwork drills. Making a
regular practice of following increasingly challenging jogging
routes will help you build the kind of endurance that will help
you keep your energy levels high throughout even the most challenging
games. To keep from injuring yourself during a jog, be sure
to do a full set of warm-up and cool down stretches.
addition to covering some ground as a jogger, it is a good idea
to make up your own personal footwork drills so that you will
be able to put your newfound endurance on the courts to full
use by exploring your full range of lower body movement. Going
through even a short daily regimen of slides, backwards jogs,
side steps, kicks, jumps, and other low-impact aerobic moves
will help you become more agile. Being light on your feet can
give you a huge advantage when you are running for the ball.
The more effortlessly you can slide, skip, run, and bounce on
the court, the more graceful and efficient your play will become.
If you have access to a lot of open air space like a large field
or park, try playing a bit of tennis golf as a break from your
The game of tennis golf may sound strange, but
it is actually a great way to have a lot of fun while improving
your tennis skills. You can play alone or with a group of friends.
If you play in a group, make sure that everyone has a way to
distinguish his or her unique ball. A round or two of tennis
golf can help you increase your serving power and accuracy while
having a great time. Like regular golf, the objective of tennis
golf is to get your ball to a set spot in as few serves as possible.
A landmark like a specific tree in an open field is a great
place to aim for. Serve the ball as powerfully as you can and
try to hit your target. Wherever your ball lands, go to it and
serve it again from there. By playing in different kinds of
terrain, you will be able to develop your serving skills in
a variety of situations that call for different levels of power
and precision. The confidence and accuracy you gain from playing
tennis golf can translate to a better performance on the court.
Your Tennis in One-Fifth of A Second!
by: Steve Smith
How would you like to start playing vastly better
tennis ... today?
There's a particular “magic” moment
in tennis—one that lasts a mere fifth of a second. If
you have (or can develop) the discipline to fully exploit that
moment, you may astonish yourself and your opponents with your
new-found scoring ability.
The moment I'm talking about is the last 1/5th
of a second before your racquet strikes the ball. The discipline
I'm referring to is that of keeping your eye entirely on the
ball for that super-critical moment.
We've all been told many times that we should
keep our eye on the ball in tennis. But how many of us really
know what that means? How many of us really practice it?
Keeping your eye on the ball doesn't mean watching
it until it is a split second from hitting your racket, and
then glancing away to look at your opponent. It means watching
it until it has hit your strings and begun its rebound.
This is not a new secret. Bill Tilden, perhaps
the greatest player who ever lived, wrote about it more than
80 years ago and tried to drive its importance into the heads
of his readers. Early on in his classic book, "The Art
of Lawn Tennis," he cited statistics “to show you
how vital it is that the eye must be kept on the ball UNTIL
THE MOMENT OF STRIKING IT” (his emphasis).
“About 85 per cent of points in tennis
are errors, and the remainder earned points. As the standard
of play rises the percentage of errors drops until, in the average
high-class tournament match, 60 per cent are errors and 40 per
cent aces. ... Fully 80 percent of all errors are caused by
taking the eye from the ball in the last one-fifth of a second
of its flight.”
Wow. Sobering statistics, to be sure. But exciting
ones, too, because what Tilden is telling us is that it's within
our power, right now, to eliminate the majority of our errors!
And reducing the errors we make is the surest way to starve
our opponent of points and extend his opportunity to give up
points to us.
was a great tennis observer as well as a player. He studied
and wrote about all of the top players of his day, and observed
and advised many a tennis beginner. We can trust him when he
says that the greatest fault commited by novices (and by many
more experienced players) is trying to watch too much besides
compared the human eye to a camera, noting that neither
is capable of clearly focusing on a moving object and
its background at the same time. “Now the tennis
ball is your moving object while the court, gallery, net,
and your opponent constitute your background.” Therefore,
ignore the background and rather “concentrate solely
on focusing the eye firmly on the ball, and watching it
until the moment of impact with your racquet face.”
you at least take a peek at your opponent, maybe out of
the corner of your eye? No: “You are not trying
to hit him. You strive to miss him. Therefore, since you
must watch what you strive to hit and not follow what
you only wish to miss, keep your eye on the ball, and
let your opponent take care of himself.”
provided a chart in "The Art of Lawn Tennis,"
a very simple one, but one that I hope you will commit
to memory. It looked something like this: A—1—2—3—4—B
Imagine a ball passing from point A to point
B, with you as the receiving player at B. According to Tilden,
it can be taken as a scientific fact that if you keep your eye
on the ball throughout its flight, your chance of making a good
return is five times as great as it would be if you took your
eye off the ball at point 4 (4/5ths of a second of its flight).
Furthermore, your chance is ten times as great as it would be
if your removed your eye from the ball at point 3 (3/5ths of
a second of its flight).
Tilden wrote: “The average player follows
the ball to 4, and then he takes a last look at his opponent
to see where he is, and by so doing increases his chance of
error five times. ... Remembering the 85 percent errors in tennis,
I again ask you if it is worth while to take the risk?”
Keeping your eye on the ball is a good practice
not just because you make fewer errors, but also because it
strengthens the other parts of your game through developing
the habit of concentration. As Tilden humorously explained,
“It tends to hold [your] attention so outside occurrences
will not distract. Movements in the gallery are not seen, and
stray dogs, that seem to particularly enjoy sleeping in the
middle of a tennis court during a hard match, are not seen on
their way to their sleeping quarters.”
there you have it – one-fifth of a second that can make
all the difference in your tennis game. It can truly be the
magic moment for you, IF you cultivate the discipline to keep
your eye on the ball not just occasionally or even most of the
time, but during every single shot.
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