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Scoring

Once you get it down, the scoring of tennis isn't that complicated. Each match is typically 2 out of 3 sets for females, and 3 out of 5 for males. Each set consists of 6 individual games.

In each game, one person serves. The first point is "love all", because "love" is what you say for zero points. The next point is either "15, love" or "love, 15", depending on who won the point; the server's score comes first. After someone wins the first point (15), the second point they win brings their score up to 30, and the third brings it up to 40. The next point they win results in them winning the game.

The games keep being played in this manner until someone has won 6. That's the conclusion of a set. However, if the score in games is 6-5 or 5-6, you need to play first to 7 games instead of first to 6 in order to win by two. After doing that, if the score is 6-6, a tie-breaker needs to be played to decide who wins the set. This is typically the first to seven points, but rules can vary and are at times quite complex.

Sets keep being played until someone has won either 2 or 3, depending on the circumstances.

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However, scoring can sometimes be different from this. For example, in high school tennis, the score in the individual games is kept "1-2-3" intead of "15-30-40". Also, in more unprofessional matches that are meant to be kept shorter, pro-sets can be played which simply are played to a certain number of games. For instance, an 8 game pro-set would be first to 8 games.

A typical scoreboard used to keep track of games and sets won

 

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