What is a tennis point


Tennis Point

When a player hits the ball over the net and before it touches the ground, court, or reaches the front wall if it is served. The point usually ends when one player fails to make a legal return. It can also end when a rally develops from an error such as – missing the ball on good returns, hitting into the net or out of play, etc… In addition to these common reasons for losing a point, there are several other general categories that result in a point being lost according to official tennis rules:

The service is considered ‘out’; at deuce, both players have scored an identical number of points; after both players have scored 5 points each (4-4); the receiver (of the serve) wins the point; the ball goes out of bounds or a player commits a foot fault.

Inadvertent whistle

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There are also other rarer reasons that can result in someone losing a tennis point, such as an ‘inadvertent whistle’. If a player is hindered by something not intentionally done by their opponent then they can usually replay the point. For example, if a player’s hat falls onto the court and they stop to pick it up, their opponent cannot take advantage and run to the other side of the court to hit an easy winner. In this case, if the player picking up their hat is hindering their opponent, then the point should be replayed.

The main objective

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The main objective of playing a tennis point is to win it, which results in one point if the opponent is unable to return the ball. Another objective is to break serve or gain an advantage by either winning a game or holding a serve. Winning games and serving are crucial aspects of the game because these factors often determine who wins the match. Players can also win points by hitting winners (shots that the other player has very little chance of getting), earning short balls (hitting shots into gaps) or forcing errors from their opponents.

“During the play”

When you see tennis’ governing bodies describe rules they use this term: ‘during play’. This means before, during and after a point is played until the ball goes out of play (the sidelines). For example “if a player’s racket accidentally touches the net cord during a point, the point is replayed”. This can be tricky to remember so it might be easier to think of it as ‘net cord = no point’.

There you have it! A breakdown of what a tennis point entails. As you can see, there are many things that can happen during a point and the main objective is usually to win it. Points can be won in many different ways but some are more common than others. Keep these things in mind the next time you’re watching a match – you’ll be able to understand what’s going on much better!

Summary on tennis points

A tennis point is a sequence of events that take place when a player hits the ball over the net and before it touches the ground, court, or reaches the front wall if it is served. The point usually ends when one player fails to make a legal return. The main objective of playing a tennis point is to win it, which results in one point if the opponent is unable to return the ball. Another objective is to break serve or gain an advantage by either winning a game or holding a serve. Points can be won in many different ways but some are more common than others. Keep these things in mind the next time you’re watching a match – you’ll be able to understand what’s going on much better!

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