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					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.

				
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