How Do You Keep Score in Tennis

Have you ever wondered, how do you keep score in tennis? It's not easy to guess. Tennis is a popular sport all over the world, one which is widely watched, especially during Wimbledon tennis. Tennis live scores, however, confuse nearly everyone at some point. Scoring methods such as "love" perplex casual fans. Here are some tips to help you understand how you keep score in tennis.

The player who will start the tennis match is decided by a coin toss or a spin of the tennis racket. The winner decides whether she'd like to serve or which end of the court she'd like to play from. The other player decides the other factor. A match is made up of two sets of six games per set. To win a set, a player must score four points.

The server must stand behind the baseline on the right side. She has to hit the ball before it bounces, and the ball has to land in the service box diagonal from her. If the ball hits the net but continues on its way, the serve is redone. If the server doesn't hit the ball before it bounces or it doesn't land in the service box diagonal from the server, she loses the point.

The player receiving the ball must hit it before it bounces twice. From there the players take turns hitting the ball into each other's court, each not allowing the ball to not bounce more than once.

The first point nets the winning player 15, making the score 15-love. Love, in tennis, means 0. A tie score is represented with "all," such as "30 all." The second point makes 30, and the third point will make a player's score 40. If only one player has 40, her next point wins the game. If both players have 40, the score is called "deuce," which means that one player has to win two points in a row to win the game. If the server scores the first point after 40 it is called "ad in," representing the server's advantage. "Ad out" refers to the recipient's advantage.

A player has to win six games with at least a two-game lead over her opponent. In the event that both players reach six wins, they may choose to play a tiebreaker or they can continue trying to win two games more than their opponent.

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