Tennis Court Scoring System and Game

Just like any other sport, tennis has a set of rules that govern how the game is played. It also has a scoring system that is used to determine who has won the match. These two when used side by side determines the winner at the end of the game. Tennis is different from other sports in that there is never a tie in the matches. The match will continue until there is a winner crowned in that particular match. It is a competitive sport that keeps spectators fascinated at how it works out. Read more about tennis court scoring below the image.

Tennis Court Scoring

Official tennis rules and guidelines are globally acknowledged by the international tennis federation thus harmonizing the sport in different parts of the world. What you will notably hear in every tennis match is the “Game-Set-Match” phrase each time a final point has been played in a tennis match. The goal in tennis is to play the finals of a championship. To be able to do this, a player must:

  • Earn a minimum of 4 points to win a game

  • Play at least 6 games to win a set

  • Win at least 2 sets or 3 to close out a match

A tennis player selected to serve will do so in the entire game. The server’s score is the one first announced all through the game. In the scores:

  • Points earned 0 = 0 games points or ‘Love’
  • Points earned 1 = 15 game points
  • Points earned 2 = 30 game points
  • Points earned 3 = 40 game points
  • Points earned 4 = game over with 2 point advantage required

A winner in tennis must get a win with a 2 point advantage. A good example is that if the score is 40 – 0 and the server wins the next point, the server wins the game. But if the server loses the next score, then the scores become 40 – 15 and the game continues until play out. If the score is 40 – 40, it is called deuces. Since there is no tie in tennis the players will keep at each other and the one who will win 2 consecutive points wins the game.

Want to learn more about the game? YouTube has some great short court tennis lesson videos here.