How To Score Tennis
If you are new to the sport, you need to learn how to score tennis. Any time a player hits the ball over the net, and the opposing player fails to return it, the first player scores a point. Points can also be scored on a serve if the serving player fails to get the ball over the net, into legal area. When announcing the score, the player serving the ball has his or her score announced first.
- Love: This means the player has not scored yet. At the beginning of the game, the score is Love to Love.
- 15: After the first score, the player is credited with 15 points. If the server scores the first points of the game, the score would be 15 - Love. If the player returning the ball scores first, the score would be Love - 15. When and if both players have scored their first points, the score is 15 - 15.
- 30: After one player has scored his or her second point, he or she will have 30 points for the game.
- 40: After one player has scored his or her third point, he or she will have 40 points for the game.
- Deuce: Deuce occurs when both players are tied after each scoring three points. The score is technically 40 - 40, but it is called Deuce. In order to win a tennis game, a player must win by two scores.
- Advantage: The next player to score after the game is at Deuce has the advantage. This means that they are one point away from winning the game. If the other player scores, the game goes back to Deuce and each player must once again try to score twice in a row in order to win the game.
When playing tennis a player wins a game, and the number of games won goes towards winning a set. Generally, a player must win six games to win a set, and then three sets to win the match. In order to win the set, the player must have two more wins, so six games to four or seven games to five and so on, which can take a long time.