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Common tennis rules that you should be aware of

Tennis is a game known around since 1873. It has two forms of playing singles and doubles. The singles and doubles have almost the same rule except for the rules of boundaries. Also, when it comes to the rules of tennis, it is a very complicated game. In the beginning, you might feel that these rules are a bit harsh. Sometimes it happens that you have been playing tennis for a long time but still you have no idea about several rules and regulations. 

In tennis matches, you would have seen on the television that many famous and expert players have arguments with the umpires on the ground regarding rules. 

In tennis, several tennis rules are included like scoring, violations, time limits, court boundaries, and many more. There is a huge list of rules of tennis that you can read here. It is not that complicated as people think of it. 

In this article, you will get to read about the various rules of tennis. Whether you are at any level of the game, these rules will be helpful for you. You can understand and follow these rules for a better game.

Court boundaries and layout 

Before understanding the rules of tennis, you should be well aware of the layout of the tennis court. If you know about the layout of the court then it will be easy to score and also you will understand the difference between the singles and doubles.

Some of the general rules of tennis

  • Almost all tennis tournaments begin with a coin toss. The flipping of the coin decides which player will serve first and from which side of the court. 
  • The server should always take care that his feet should not move in the front of the baseline before they stroke the ball over the net of the court. 
  • While you are aiming for the service box diagonal from you and over the net, then you get two chances to serve in. If you fail in both the serves then you will lose the point. While serving, if the ball touches the net and then falls in the service box itself then is a let. It means that you get to serve once more.
  • In the tennis matches, the balls get changed by the new balls after every 6 games. 
  •  If the ball falls right to the opponent's court without bouncing in between, then the point is lost.
  • Players are not allowed to touch the net or posts or cross the opponent's side of the court. 
  • Players are not allowed to carry or catch the ball with the racquet. 
  • The players are not permitted to hit the ball twice. 
  • If the ball gets touched to the player’s body then it is counted as a penalty.
  • In the case of racquet leaves the hand or any voiced abuse occurs, the penalty is given. 


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