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The Rules of Tennis – EXPLAINED!

August 27, 2019

Ninh explains the Rules of Tennis
Tennis, is a game played as singles (where one person plays against one person) or doubles
(where two people play against two people). The object of the game is for you or your
team to score more points and to win sets faster than the opposing player or team. In the women’s
game you have to win 2 sets, and in the men’s game, you must win 3 sets.
To win a set, you must win at least 6 games, and be at least 2 games ahead.
To win a game, you must win 4 points and be at least two points ahead.
Hey, whoa … I’m confused already?! Okay, let’s start from the beginning …
The tennis court is 78ft long by 36ft wide, and the net is 3.5 ft above the ground.
These are some of the other dimensions of the court, and note that the area of play
is different for both singles and doubles. The game starts with one player making a serve.
To do this, they must stand behind the line and hit the ball into this area of the opponent’s
court. The opponent is allowed a maximum of one bounce
to hit the ball back over the net onto the other players court.
The idea is to hit the ball onto your opponents court and for your opponent not to be able
to hit it back. If you manage to successfully hit the ball
onto your opponents court without them returning the favour, you score.
If you score one point, you score ‘15’ If you score two points, you score ‘30’
If you score three points, you score ‘40’ And if you score four points, and are two
points ahead, you win the game. The only time this is different is when the
score is 40-40. This is known as deuce, and you now have to
win two straight points to win the game. After a game is won, the other player or pair
serves the ball from the other side to start the next game.
Once a player has won 6 games and is at least 2 games ahead, they win a set.
Winning 2 sets or 3 sets faster than your opponents, wins you the Match. So umm … is there anything you can’t do
in Tennis? Ironically, yes! There’s a lot of things
you cannot do in Tennis You cannot hit the ball outside the area of
play. You cannot hit the ball into the net and for
it to land on your side of the court. You cannot hit the ball twice in succession.
You cannot touch the net. You cannot touch the ball with any part of
your body except with the racket and you cannot commit a double fault.
If you commit any of these infractions, this results in your opponents being awarded a
point. Now that’s basically Tennis in a nutshell,
but there’s a few things you’ll need to understand before playing or going to a game. For example …
Fault/Double Fault During a serve, you have two chances to serve
the ball legally. You must be behind the line and you must hit
the ball onto this area of your opponents court. Should you fail to do either of those
things, this is known as a fault and you must serve the ball again.
If you commit two faults in a row, this is a double fault, and your opponent is automatically
awarded a point. Let
If a legal serve hits the net before landing in the opponents area, this is known as a
let, and the player is allowed to serve the ball again without fault. Ace If a player serves the ball legally and the
opponent cannot return the ball, this is known as an ‘ace’. The serving player wins the
point. Advantage
During deuce, if you score one point – you are known to have an ‘advantage’. You
only need one more point to win the game unless your opponent scores. Tie Breaker.
If the games are tied at 6-6, a tiebreaker is used to determine who wins the set.
Players take it in turns to serve and the aim is to score 7 points and be at least two
points ahead. This carries on until someone wins the set. If you’re still into sure about the scoring
system – be sure to watch a few games to get used to how it all works. It seems a little
complicated, but once you watch or play Tennis, the rules will become clear.
If you have found this video at all helpful, please like, share and subscribe.
It takes me ages to make one of these things and good karma is very much appreciated.
Be sure to follow me on twitter also, but in the meantime, enjoy Tennis! Ninh Ly,, @NinhLyUK


  • Reply krishna leela July 29, 2018 at 6:57 am

    How many time takes to change court in international match

  • Reply Ibrahim Zulfiquar July 29, 2018 at 7:36 am

    Thanx for this excellent explanation

  • Reply Mohammod Anwar Uddin July 30, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    I got a us opens tennis ad before this video

  • Reply cherrypie_mufia July 31, 2018 at 1:34 am

    Can't wait to start playing

  • Reply Nalini Baskaran July 31, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    that's a very good video for someone who don't know anything about tennis rules. thanks for this

  • Reply Lotte Larsen August 6, 2018 at 5:53 am

    Who's the guy at 3:02??

  • Reply Abdullah Basil August 7, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    You are awesome thank you so much for illustrating now I can go play tennis knowing what I should do

  • Reply Devin Ripke August 11, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    his helped so much and I am going to start plating soon, thank you!

  • Reply totesMagotes83 August 12, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Just wondering, what's the point of the convoluted scoring system? Why isn't it just: 1-3 points, then a 4th for game? Why 1 = 15, 2 = 30, 3 = 40, etc.. ???

  • Reply Sai Mullangi August 16, 2018 at 3:08 am

    Really helpful for a new comer to the real world of tennis.

  • Reply KLICK KAN KAP August 19, 2018 at 4:05 am

    had to watch this to play AO international tennis, thanks

  • Reply Zogan August 20, 2018 at 4:12 am

    Fuck im joining tennis for the first time tmrw, and have nooo fking idea what to do

  • Reply MoreSabz August 23, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Thank you!! I’ve been so confused on all the rules these past few days and this helped

  • Reply Breaker August 26, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    An ace is when someone serves the ball and the reserve doesn’t touch the ball

  • Reply Sergio Flores August 29, 2018 at 2:39 am

    Beautiful sport! Go Federer!!!

  • Reply Different Videos! August 29, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Nicely explained

  • Reply Philipp Meyer August 30, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Tennis sounds so damn complicated at first but you will quickly get used to it. And it will take long to get good at it, for most people at least, but if you keep training it will be much fun!

  • Reply Temur Khusanboev September 3, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Thank you so much!

  • Reply Chef Polo September 5, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Thanks for the important. I will be watching this video again and again!

  • Reply NHCuber September 8, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    Thanks for this video so much! My friend and I have recently really got into tennis and are always arguing over the rules

  • Reply Jose Peña September 9, 2018 at 12:22 am

    What about warnings in tennis?

  • Reply PoultryFarm08 September 12, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Excellent video. Every step and rule explained very clearly. Thank you!

  • Reply Ryan Gray September 15, 2018 at 4:30 am

    Thanks for the video I appreciate it and I know how to play tennis tux.

  • Reply Uncle Blumiere September 16, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    I learned the rules from mario tennis aces and am surprised that all the rules are 100 percent legit. Thanks nintendo 😛

  • Reply Gabriella Smart September 19, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    whos here because of pe?

  • Reply Bloody Kenshiro October 11, 2018 at 4:30 am

    The scoring system is so needlessly complicated while the game is simple enough to grasp in a few minutes. Pretty strange combination of factors.

  • Reply Khiana Angelo October 21, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Okay tennis players. I'm 11 and I play softball I loved that so much and want to try more (volleyball ,tennis) but I don't know anything about it but when high school rolls around I want to play but like all school teams you have to try out now I was wondering If you think I can learn how to play and be okay at it in a small amount of time. Or is it easy to play and will I embarrass myself.

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  • Reply Jacy Chiang October 24, 2018 at 11:47 am

    What is karma?

  • Reply Ristygirl October 30, 2018 at 3:30 am

    I'm hopefully trying out for the tennis team at my school this year, I knew almost nothing about tennis but thankfully this vid helped me. I'm extremely nervous cuz 1. I'm scared to be judged. 2. The ball scares me. So idk what to do aH

  • Reply Owen Galbraith October 30, 2018 at 5:24 am

    i already know how to play tennis like i play competition i wanted to see how well you explained it

  • Reply Alison Carville November 9, 2018 at 12:22 am

    Thanks so much, Ninh!

  • Reply that guy dude November 18, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Don’t forget that on every odd number game (1,3,5)the players switch sides on the court lol it’s weird but that’s how life is I guess

  • Reply lonnie pollocks November 25, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    Like if you knew most of these rules because you played Wii Sports

  • Reply Mobin Endaila November 29, 2018 at 8:22 am

    This is a nice video. Thank you very much. 😊

    Me: Pressed Like button.
    Video: "It took me ages to make…"
    Me: Comments

  • Reply Jesus Cuevas December 17, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Forgot to mention that you serve until someone wins then you switch serving

  • Reply Isis Aquino December 20, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Thank you for making this video

  • Reply Goharjio Nico January 1, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Any badminton players out there?

  • Reply [ Khazel ] January 4, 2019 at 1:51 am

    im just here because of school, and i really didnt care about tennis at a l l (or any sport for that matter)
    congrats man, you actually got me interested in tennis.

  • Reply Hailey Karsh January 11, 2019 at 4:18 am

    Hey this video kinda helped me understand it! I tried out for tennis last night for my school with my friends and we all made it! Mostly because there wasn’t a lot of people trying out😂 but I really am bad at tennis and all the other girls are soooo much better then me. What I am really scared of is matches with everyone watching you is really scary to me. Do you have any tips to deal with that? Thanks

  • Reply NICHOLAS FENOCHETTI January 22, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Martin Van Buren was the 8th President of the United

  • Reply khali dibba January 26, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Almost clear…now need to watch some games before Australia open final Tomorrow…. Thanks mate

  • Reply Shane Williams January 28, 2019 at 2:58 am

    I have tennis tryouts tomorrow and you saved me tbh

  • Reply Errol Chouest February 2, 2019 at 3:16 am

    Okay. Two question. Does it mater if you use 1 or 2 hands? And does it matter which of the two smaller squares your serve to??

  • Reply Dore Mon February 6, 2019 at 5:16 pm


  • Reply lillian newby February 9, 2019 at 5:06 am

    Thank you so much

  • Reply Pinkachumoo February 9, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Why is this so confusing to me

  • Reply Uncle Neff February 19, 2019 at 6:56 am

    Me and My girlfriend love tennis but we suck. So we might just give up & call it quits 🥺

  • Reply SunshineLily February 21, 2019 at 3:59 am

    I’m literally playing my first game tomorrow as doubles and this video helped me out and my partner as well.

  • Reply A.J. Ello February 23, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    I'm here because of Infinite Jest.
    Edit: I, too, would have to be on drugs to want to play this game.

  • Reply Haraagam Singh February 24, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Very helpful . Thanks

  • Reply Ajang Awac March 1, 2019 at 12:00 am

    And here I am during Feb 28 crying and waiting for spring to play tennis 😭😭😢😢😭😭😢😢😭😢

  • Reply Jay Shin March 2, 2019 at 4:33 am

    Not to be rude but isn’t 2:50 not a let because it didn’t go in the right area after hitting the net??

  • Reply MaggieOnline March 9, 2019 at 10:40 am

    After 10 years. I finally understand

  • Reply Lyd March 10, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    This helped so much I’m going to start playing tennis for my school and I have no idea about scoring or rules or how to play and this definitely helped 🙂

  • Reply sportsallstar7 sportsallstar7 March 11, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Thanks for the video I’m doing varsity tennis this year at my high school

  • Reply The Legendary E March 14, 2019 at 1:27 am

    What is love

  • Reply Aish Gohil March 16, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Yeah.. I gotta something
    . thanks 🙏😊

  • Reply Kazuma Yagami April 13, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Would I not score a point if I hit my opponent's body and the ball bounce back to my court? Would that be my opponent's point?

  • Reply Coordinator April 20, 2019 at 1:04 am

    Did you know that John McEnroe has a boat named “Match Point”?

  • Reply 3bdera7man April 20, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    From which side should you serve? Right or left?

  • Reply Heidi Lindemann April 22, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    This video was so helpful thank you so much

  • Reply Germ April 23, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Maybe the official sport of Tennessee is Tennis? (Tennis see)

  • Reply Germ April 23, 2019 at 11:15 am

    There should be one more, CHALLENGE

  • Reply your mom April 24, 2019 at 12:45 am

    wtf why is it different for women's and men's? 0:15

    I can't do this no more

  • Reply Nath Lafleur May 3, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Oh my. I was not doing it like that.Great info, thank you very much!

  • Reply Aquamelon May 3, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    I’ve played tennis for a while now, and I learned that rules by playing wii sports

  • Reply Charles Rainier Estrella May 8, 2019 at 12:32 am

    Thanks very much for this Ninh Ly, since Tennis, Badminton, Ice Hockey, Soccer, and American Football equal my favorite sports, and

    what I'm very much a fan of. I very much appreciate you explaining the rules of Tennis over this.

  • Reply Mateo Gonzalez May 9, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    I like how the tennis racket is considered as a part of your body. Like, "This racket and I are ONE !" 2:12

  • Reply DTA 4321 May 10, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Awesome video thanks

  • Reply Jacob LeBlanc May 19, 2019 at 12:47 am

    you did not explain who serves when

  • Reply yalguun May 22, 2019 at 2:37 am

    thank you gta5

  • Reply courgargold June 2, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Great video, thank you so much! Terrible rules, shame on whoever made the scoring rule for tennis. 🙂

  • Reply RYBORG June 8, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    I just realised how confusing the scoring system actually is because of this video. I grew up playing tennis so i'm used to it but now that I think about it, the scoring system is really strange due to the three parts of the score: Points within games, games and sets where it would generally be points and sets in other sports.

  • Reply Grace Kihiuhi June 9, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Live this video and tennis too

  • Reply Washi June 16, 2019 at 6:03 am

    Thank you for the vid

  • Reply kevin nordio June 18, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    Referencing 1:43: I have a question on how you win a set in tennis. Is winning a set similar to winning a game where it goes on forever until a player wins two in a row when tied or players are separated by only one game? (Consider a game is 5-5 and the other side wins a game and makes it 5-6) thank you!

  • Reply Makani Ross June 22, 2019 at 4:41 am

    omg thank you. when my family was trying to explain the sets and games i couldn’t understand.

  • Reply Jdm262 June 29, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    Wonder why they chose those numbers as the score? Why don't they just use "1-4" ?

  • Reply Mrfairchap July 5, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Get all the explanations about “deuce” but still can’t see why they just don’t call it 40 all. After all we know you need 2 points to win the game after that, we don’t need to be reminded!

  • Reply jordan layfield July 8, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    What if the ball hits the top of the net and makes it to the other side during a game, do they carry on? Or does a point go to the other player.

  • Reply endemic0089_ July 12, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Do you have to hit the ball inside of the rectangle?

  • Reply Allessalreggkom _ July 12, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Thank you so much.

  • Reply MSC TheGamer July 12, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    still confused ngl

  • Reply Tristan Arguijo July 12, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Great video, thank you for making this. Its very easy for me to understand and comprehend

  • Reply Naga Nikhil July 14, 2019 at 3:33 am

    Scoring system is very strange. Took a lot of time to understand

  • Reply Archangel Tyrael July 15, 2019 at 7:53 am

    So men have to win more games than woman and yet woman get equal pay? Lmao.

  • Reply Kevin Penfold July 15, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    2:10 can someone inform this man that the tennis racket is in fact, not part of the body. Thanks. 😂

    Very helpful video! Thanks!

  • Reply chris kaprys July 18, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    2:53 – you say that a Let requires the ball to have hit the net on a serve and land in the opponent's area, yet the video shows Murray's serve hitting the net and bouncing off wide. Is that a let, because it didn't bounce back onto Murray's side of the net? Or is the clip simply a misrepresentation because a Let must still land within the legal square on the opponent's side?

  • Reply Dwm21 July 27, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    You change side every odd number of games

  • Reply Twenty One Pilots Killjoyyy August 1, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    I’m playing tennis next year (well in a couple of weeks bc school starts August 19 for me) and I haven’t played tennis since seventh grade and I’m now a freshman going into high school and I feel like I won’t be good enough :(, but for now I will try to practice more on my footwork bc that’s what I had trouble with. I just hope I will not be thought less of ..

  • Reply Fatime Zejneli August 5, 2019 at 7:26 am

    I'm finally going to go to tennis in one hour

  • Reply Safi Ahmed August 5, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Probably the most simple and straightforward explanation ever. Great work.

  • Reply Ryan Hernandez August 7, 2019 at 1:50 am

    I’m starting tennis this year.


  • Reply Aso potamadre August 11, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Its 2 sets for men in most tournament only in grand slams its 3

  • Reply Jennifer Walmach August 12, 2019 at 12:33 am

    I’m going to be a junior in high school and decided to do tennis because it’s something I’ve always wanted to do but I’ve been too scared. I played a few times before and I wasn’t too bad but I have my first practice tomorrow morning and I’m scared because many of my soon to be teammates have played for a few years and I’m intimidated by them. I am only comfortable with one of the girls on the team but I’m pretty sure she’ll be staying with her other friends and I’m just nervous about the whole social scene.

  • Reply Nan Zhang August 22, 2019 at 1:29 am

    i already know the tennis rules but i feel like he made it more complex

  • Reply Äłëхäńďŕä sass August 26, 2019 at 11:42 am

    why you need to be 2 points ahead? ..its not right

  • Reply Äłëхäńďŕä sass August 26, 2019 at 11:47 am

    if it hits the net its called NET not LET ..LET is not a tennis word ..correct urself ..unknowaledge (able-to tennis)

  • Reply Kirit Jain August 27, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    U did not even mention volley u plummer

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