This week, Wimbledon 2014 kicked off and so far last years reigning champion, Andy Murray is proving he is still worthy of his title. For many of us, Tennis is a sport we only get excited about throughout June and July, while Wimbledon is plastered across our TV screens. So, you may not quite understand how tennis works. What’s ‘love’? And what on earth does ‘deuce’ mean?! Not to worry though, here at SportsDirect.com we have put together a simple guide to understanding tennis, so you can follow all of the matches and know who won before the commentator confirms it to you!
The player with the most points, (won when the opponent misses the ball, makes an error or causes the opponent to make an error), wins the game. The player who wins the most games wins the set and the player who wins the most sets, wins the match.
The first player to win 4 points, wins the game. If there is a tie at 4 points the game continues until one player is winning by 2 more points. During tennis there are certain terms used to describe points. 0 points are known as Love, 1 point is 15, 2 points is 30 and 3 points is 40. 4 points is the end of the game, however when a tie is in place this is known as Deuce. Winning by one point is called Ad. When the player calls the score they must say the servers score first.
Love-15, the server is losing
40-15, the server is winning
Deuce, the score is over 3-3
Ad In, server is winning by 1 with score over 4 all
Ad Out, server is losing by 1 with score over 4 all.
Set scoring is the first player to reach 6 points, wins the set. The player must win by 2 games and a tie breaker is played if both players have 6 games each. If both players have won 5 games each, at least another 2 games will be played to determine the winner.
We hope this makes tennis a little clearer to understand and next time you’re watching Wimbledon you will see exactly how the scoring works!