Scoring in Tennis

by on February 27, 2010
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Scoring in Tennis

A “score” is a familiar word in each and every sport and tennis is one such sport. Today, let us learn about scoring in tennis. The scoring method is very much the same in singles as well as in doubles. When the game does not go into a tie, it is played up to four points, numbered as 15, 30, 40 and game. The word zero is described as love (Might have come from French word l’oeuf, which means egg). If there is a tie at 40 points, it is known as deuce. It is compulsory that a game should be won by a margin of at least two points, the game continues until a player gets the two consecutive points from deuce.

The score of a server is always recorded first place in tennis. For an example, if the score is written as “40-15” means, it the server has scored three points (15, 30 and 40) and the opposition has only scored one point (15). In order to win a set, a player must need to win at least six games with a margin of two games. So, if a running set becomes 5-5 (five games each), one player needs to win two consecutive games to win by the margin of 7-5. If the set goes to 6-6, a tie breaker would be applied to the set. During the tie breaker, each point is considered as a single point and a player needs to score at least seven points with the margin of two. If a score happens to be 7-6 in a tie breaker, a player with the difference of two points can only win the game after that.

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