Category: Beginner’s Guide to Tennis

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Tennis Scoring for Beginners

It takes four points to win a game. It takes 6 games to win a set. It takes either 2 or 3 sets to win a match (depending on what has been pre-arranged).

The following is tennis scoring “lingo”:

No point – “Love”

First point – “15”

Second point – “30”

Third point – “40”

Fourth point – “Game”

The server’s score is always called first. If the score is 40 – 30 the server needs one more point to win the game. But if the receiver wins the next point, the score is now called “deuce”. Each player now needs to win 2 more points to win. If the server wins the next point the score is “advantage server”, or “ad in”. If the receiver wins the next point the score is “advantage receiver”, or “ad out”. If the player with “advantage” wins the next point they win the game. If the player without “advantage” wins the next point, the score reverts to “deuce”. The score can go back and forth from “advantage” to “deuce” until one player wins 2 points in a row.