Tennis Rules

There are a number of specific rules in place for when tennis is played. Should the rules not be followed, there are either consequence to the rule being broken or in some cases the opponent will be awarded a point.

A legal serve is when a ball travels over the net which it is not allowed to touch, and bounces diagonally in the opponent’s service box. When a ball hits or hits the net and lands in the service box it will be considered void. The server will then have to take the serve again. If the player does this often the serves will always be treated as voids and not as faults. A fault is considered when the serve falls too long or too far from the service box or in the case where it does not clear the net. Another classification of a fault is a foot fault. This happens when a player’s footsteps on the baseline before the ball is hit. If here is more than one fault in a row it is referred to as a double fault and the point goes to the receiver.

Once a serviced is deems as legal, the players will then alternate striking the ball across the net. A legal return means that the player or team will need to hit the ball back over the net into the server’s court. The ball cannot bounce twice or hit any fixtures. A player or team cannot hit the ball more than once in a row. If the ball that has hit the net during a game and it still may be considered a legal return if the ball crossed into the opponent’s side of the court. Any player that does not make a legal return will lose that point and the server will then move to the other side of the service line. At this point, they will start  a new point.

Points are awarded once the rules are followed in service and in the return of service. The winner of a point will then we awarded that point. The point is then deemed as fairly given due to the adherence of the rules of the game. The first player to reach four points wins the game. There are a few requirements when it comes to scoring and the final outcome of the game. Once the requirements are met, the winner is then announced and the game is over.

Normal good sportsmanship rules also apply to all players. Players need to show respect for the game and for their opponents at all times. Four elements are usually shown in a game when good sportsmanship is noted which are being in good form, the will to win, be willing to lose and fairness. After match players usually shake hands to show their good sportsmanship and to thank the opponent for a good game.

Should a player do something to that breaks one of the cardinal rules of the game or something illegal in society like match fixing, doping or murder, that person will be banned from tennis for life. They will never be able to play the sport professionally again and most likely lose all their sponsorship and support.