Tennis Scoring

Tennis is a racket sports which is played between two competitors each utilizing a special tennis racket usually strung with string to hit a small hollow plastic ball called a tennis ball and then into the opposite opponent’s court covered with felt. The object of the game is to be the first player to hit the ball into the net for points. The winner is the player with the most points. Winning takes place when a player hits the ball into the net but does not drop any of his/her tennis balls.

Tennis is one of the oldest sports known to man and it can be traced as far as the first Olympics. In this game, players try to hit a ball with a racket made out of steel, clay or glass and if the ball is successful, then the player receives a point. Players are awarded points according to their performance; a better serve means higher scoring. A missed serve means that the player loses a point and that there remains no point scoring for that particular player.

While tennis scoring is easy to follow in most cases, the method of putting a player’s set number of putts (which is also called the match score) on the match card is much more complicated. Match officials use a system called the heads up system to determine a player’s set score. This is a simple system, but the way it is applied is by taking the first set lead and adding the second set’s lead into the first set lead before the match is actually played. While most matches use this method, some still use an old fashioned heads-up system.

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