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Types of Tennis

There isn't just one way to play tennis; in fact, there are two. If there are two people, (one playing against the other) then its called singles. If there are four people, (two playing against the other two) then it's called doubles.

Singles:

In singles, there are two people (one playing against the other).

They simply take turns serving each game, switching their side of the court on odd games. When they serve, they serve the first point from the right hand side of the baseline to the service box across the net that's diagonal from them. The opponent stands behind the service line on that side, waiting to return the ball. On each point, the server switches the side from which they serve. To decide who serves, someone spins the racquet and asks their opponent if they want up or down. The winner of the spin gets to choose whether or not they'd like to serve first. The loser then chooses which side of the court they'd like to start from.

After the serve, if someone hits a ball beyond the baseline or single's line, the ball is out and the opponent wins the point. This includes if they hit it in the double's alley, which looks similar to the rest of the court.

Doubles:

Doubles is slightly more complicated than singles, but not by much. It has the same overall rules as singles, but with some alterations. There are two people on one team playing against two on another.

The boundaries of the court are larger in doubles, as the double's alley is included. This makes it so that any ball that lands outside the double's line is out.

When serving in doubles, the server follows the same procedure as in singles. However, when it comes to choosing who on the winning team of the spin serves first, the team can choose amongst themselves. After they serve, someone on the next team serves, and then the person on the first team that hasn't yet served. After that, it's the second person on the second team, and then the rotation continues. The person who's not serving still plays on the court, but tends to stay near the net and volley.

 

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