Tennis Rules – How to Count

Tactical Tips for Tennis Players

Score in a Game

A standard game is scored as follows with the server’s score being called first:
No point – “Love”
First point – “15”
Second point – “30”
Third point – “40”
Fourth point – “Game”
except that if each player/team has won three points, the score is “Deuce”.
After “Deuce”, the score is “Advantage” for the player/team who wins the next point. If that same player/team also wins the next point, that player/team wins the “Game”; if the opposing player/team wins the next point, the score is again “Deuce”. A player/team needs to win two consecutive points immediately after “Deuce” to win the “Game”.

Score in a Set

There are different methods of scoring in a set. The two main methods are the “Advantage Set” and the “Tie-break Set”. Either method may be used provided that the one to be used is announced in advance of the event. If the “Tie-break Set” 6 method is to be used, it must also be announced whether the final set will be played as a “Tie-break Set” or an “Advantage Set”.
a. “Advantage Set”
The first player/team to win six games wins that “Set”, provided there is a margin of two games over the opponent(s). If necessary, the set shall continue until this margin is achieved.
b. “Tie-break Set”
The first player/team to win six games wins that “Set”, provided there is a margin of two games over the opponent(s). If the score reaches six games all, a tie-break game shall be played.

Score in a Match

A match can be played to the best of 3 sets (a player/team needs to win 2 sets to win the match) or to the best of 5 sets (a player/team needs to win 3 sets to win the match).

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