Useful Tips

How to keep score in tennis


Feel the difference between a game, a set and a match.

Match is a term that refers to all playing time in tennis. It consists of three or five sets won (depending on your class). Each set is played with at least six winning games.

How a separate game is calculated.

Players serve one game at a time. The winner is usually the player (or team, if you play in pairs) who won four goals. Points are played in this way: one player serves and the other kicks back, the ball is thrown back and forth until one of the opponents delivers a strong blow or gets into the net. Keep in mind that seven or more goals can be played in a game, for example, when the first tennis player makes three and the second four more. In this case, each ball won is added to the score of the athletes:

1st ball won is 15 points

2nd ball won is 30 points

3rd ball won is 40 points

4th ball won means victory in the game (i.e. its end)

Sound the score at your submission.

It is the job of the serving player to shout out the score during the match so that the opponent can hear it (unless you play at a professional level, where the person responsible for the correct scoring is engaged in this work). You should always say your points, and then your opponent’s points. For example: If you won two goals and your opponent has one, then you must declare “30-15”. If your opponent won three goals and you are one, then you must say “15-40”

K How each set is calculated.

It is played until one of the players or a team (in doubles) wins six games. At the beginning of the feed, you should always indicate the number of games won by each player or team, starting with your winning. For example:

  • If you have won four games, and your opponent has two, then you need to sound the score “4-2” before the game starts with your serve (that is, when you first serve the ball, but do not hit it).

Know that in the case of a protracted game side by side you need to score more than two points to win.

This applies to both games and sets. Here are some examples:

If the score in the game is "40-40", then you need to win two points in a row to win it. (see step 3 below for more details). If you both won 5 games and the score is “5-5”, then you will have to win two more games in a row to make the score “7-5” and win the set. If the score is “5-5” and you won the next game , then the score becomes “6-5”. If you lose in the next game, the score is again compared to “6-6”, and again you will have to win 8 games against 6 opponents in order to wrest the victory in the set. Some draws reach "12-10" or even more.

How the score is recorded after the match.

You need to write the score of each set in a special card. You should always write your scored points first. For example, if you won a match, your participant card should look like this:

  • 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. This means that you won in the first set with a score of 6-3, then lost the second set of 4-6, and won the third set of 6-2.

K How to play a tie-break in tennis

Invented by Van Alen in 1965 and first introduced at the US Open Tennis Championships in 1970, the tie-break helped to avoid long tennis games that could last days between the best players.

When is a tie-break played? “Set” is a series of tennis games and a player must win 6 games in order to win a set.

  • A tie-break is played if both players win 6 games each. It is used to determine the winner in the set. If both players have 5 games won, to win the set you need to win at least 2 games in a row. If the score is 6, then a tie-break is played to determine the winner in the set.

  • A tie-break can be played in every set of the match if the players are really up to par. In this case, the game will be very exciting for the audience, and for the players will become a tiring psychological test. The game will be full of double mistakes, so the real game is accompanied by psychological games!

How is a tie-break account kept?

  • Points in a tie-break are counted from scratch, then one, two, three, etc. They differ from ordinary glasses - 15, 30, 40, etc.

  • The first one to score 7 points and be 2 points ahead of the opponent becomes the winner of the game and set.

The process of playing a tie-break.

The player whose turn it is to serve the ball (the one who accepted the serve in the previous game) makes the first serve on the right side of the court. The first point ends with one serve. The next player or players (if the game is doubles) carry out the first serve on the left side, and the second on the right. If the tie-break is paired, then the change of position of the players takes place, as in a regular pair game.