Tennis Handout In Tennis, opponents stand on opposite sides of the court. The player who delivers the ball to start the point is called the server. The player who stands opposite and cross-court from the server is the receiver. A server must serve from behind the baseline on either the right or left side. The serve must land in the opposite service box. The players continue until one player scores. A score happens if a player cannot return a ball to the other side. It may hit the net or it might land outside the playing lines. Scoring is different in tennis. Each score is worth 15 at the beginning; once a player gets to 30 the next point goes to 40. A player has to score 4 times to win a game. If one player has zero it is called “love” in tennis. For example a game may go like this. Love, 15- Love (15-0), 15 All (Tied at 15), 30-15, 30 All (Tied at 30), 40-30, the game is over if the “40 player” scores the next point. Skills and Technique Forehand – When a player swings the racquet forward with the palm facing forward (like a baseball swing) Backhand – When a player swings the racquet forward with the back of their hand facing forward. Serve – This is the first hit to start play. It is hit from one baseline to the other side of the net.