It’s never too late to start. Players start playing tennis at all ages and for many different reasons. Below, we help guide you through the basics of the game, basic skills, and help finding programs throughout the state to get you started!
The Basics Of Tennis
Confused by tennis terminology, court layout, how the game is played, and more? Check out some help below!
Tennis matches are organized into games and sets to win the match. Below we provide you with the scoring basics and terminology.
Basic Tennis Scoring
Depending upon skill level and program, tennis matches are scored using traditional (Love, 15, 30, 40, Game) and simplified scoring (1, 2, 3, 4, Game).
GAME – Consists of 4 points. The player typically must win by 2 points
SET – Consists of a certain number of GAMES won
MATCH – Consists of a certain number of SETS won
LOVE – A score of 0 (zero) in traditional tennis scoring
ACE – A serve that lands in the service box and is untouched by the opponent
DEUCE – A game that is tied at 40 – 40 or 4 – 4
ADVANTAGE – Player who wins the next point after DEUCE is said to have the ADVANTAGE
NO-AD – Player doesn’t have to lead by 2 points to win a game
Choosing A Racquet
Selecting and playing with the the right racquet is an important part of success on the court. Click the image for guidance on finding the best racquet for you.
Not all tennis balls are the same. There are different type of tennis balls for different levels of play.
Yellow – Typical ball style used in most play
Green – Slightly reduced bounce and great for players starting out on full-sized courts
Orange – Moves slower and bounces lower than a green ball. Great for play on smaller 60-foot courts.
Red – Moves slower and bounces lower than an orange ball. Perfect for players just staring or family play juniors playing on a 36-foot court.
There are beginner programs for adults at facilities throughout Florida. Contact your local tennis facility for more information or click the link below for some upcoming programs around Florida.
Learn the basics of serving, forehands, and backhands!
A serve starts a point. A player hits the ball so it will land diagonally in the opposite service box. Click the image above to watch and learn how to serve, and techniques on how to improve your serve over time.
A forehand is a shot made by swinging the racquet across your body with your palm facing toward the ball. Click the image above to watch and learn how to properly hit a forehand and techniques on how to improve your forehand shots over time.
A backhand is a shot made by swinging the racquet with either one or two hands and the palm of your lower hand facing towards your body. Click the image above to watch and learn how to properly hit a backhand and techniques on how to improve your backhand shots over time.