How to Play Tennis
A beginners guide to the sport
There’s never been a better time to learn how to play tennis.
With more than 87 million players, it’s a sport that’s loved by a passionate community of tennis fans from around the world.
Tiebreak (noun) [ tahy-brey-k ]
How do tiebreaks work in tennis?
A tiebreak is one of the few elements of a tennis match which can vary from across tournaments and leagues. This fact often causes confusion among players who are new to the game, so it’s important to learn how to play tiebreakers before you take part in your first match.
To understand how a tiebreak situation arises during a match, we need to refresh ourselves with how the basic tennis scoring system works.
Break Point (noun) [ foo t fawlt ]
What is a foot fault in tennis?
A foot fault occurs when a server’s foot touches any part of the baseline, or the imaginary extension of the center mark. For a foot fault to be called, any part of the server’s foot must touch any part of the baseline during the serving motion. This is according to Rule 18 of the official ‘Rules of the Game.’
Servers are permitted to ‘slight’ movements of the feet during a serve, but no large movements that might gain them an unfair advantage. This could include running along the baseline to create a different angle.
Break Point (noun) [breyk point]
What is a ‘break point’ in tennis?
You might have heard about ‘converting break points,’ or even ‘saving a break point,’ but what does this tennis term mean?
When a player receiving a service game reaches the stage of being one point away from winning that game, they are said to have a ‘break point.’ Let’s give an example.
Roger Federer is serving to Novak Djokovic, but Djokovic has just made the score of the game 30-40 in his favor with a stunning backhand shot. This means that Djokovic is now one point away from winning a game during which Federer is serving – break point.
In tennis, there are a wide variety of tennis shots that can be used to keep the ball in play. Whether you want to play competitively or just for fun, gaining a full understanding of the different types of tennis shots can be helpful and informative.
It can also provide you a framework for understanding which strokes and tennis shots you might want to work on. This way when you step out on the court with a friend or tennis instructor you can get the most out of your time.
If you’re looking to develop an effective serve that’s a weapon, then it’s crucial to understand and learn how to execute the three different types of tennis serves.
If you’re not familiar, the three primary types of tennis serves include the following – click any of these links to jump straight to that section.
The tennis serve ball toss is easily the most underrated motion of the tennis serve that can either be an asset or wreak havoc on your game.
In this article, we’re going to do an in-depth look the tennis serve toss and provide you with everything you need to develop or improve your ball toss.
The trophy pose or position is a simple yet effective technique you can use to develop and improve your serve. If you’re just getting started with learning how to serve you may want to check out our article on the tennis serve stance before you read this article.
Ensuring you start with the correct serve stance will help set you up for a more effective trophy pose and therefore serve.
While the fastest tennis serves don’t guarantee success on the court, they can serve as a useful weapon, and at the very least they’re incredibly fun to watch.
In this article, we’ve rounded up the world’s fastest men’s and women’s tennis serves recorded throughout history along with some of the fastest serves hit by some of the games most popular players.