Tennis Court Basics and Serve Basics

Have you ever played tennis before? Chances are if you are reading this article then you haven't. Tennis is a game played between 2-4 people. When you play with one other person you are playing a "singles" game. When you play with 4 people you are playing a "doubles" game. You only really need 4 things to play tennis: a racket, a ball, a net and a court.

Tennis courts can vary in size but they always have the same set of lines on them and a net pulled taunt across the middle. The line closest to the net is called the service line. It runs parallel with the net. The next parallel line is called the baseline. Finally there are two long lines along each side of the court called the alleys.

During a match of singles play the alleys are "out". However if you are playing doubles the alleys are considered in play.

On each side of the court is also what is called a service box. This is the box on the servers left hand side. The service box is between the alley and the middle of the court, between the service line and the net. A serve is only considered to be good if the ball lands in this box. The serve.

The player who is serving will stand behind the baseline on the right side of the court. He must hit the ball onto the service box on the opposing teams side of the court. If the person serving the ball happens to miss the box he gets one more chance. Any more bounces then one and the server will get a point.

Every time the player successfully serves the ball he must switch to the other side of his part of the court and serve from there. Both players hit the ball back and forth until someone misses the ball, hits it out of bounds, or hits the net. If any of these happen then the other player gets a point. The match is officially over when a player wins 6 games.