• Hot Tips • Remember • Drills • Glossary •
Your first serve always goes to your opponents Deuce Court.
You also always serve here if the score is at Deuce.
Your second serve goes to your opponents Ad Court.
You also always serve here when the score is Advantage
Adin is when the server has the advantage
Adout is when the receiver has the advantage
Players exchange ends of the tennis court whenever the sum of the game scores is an odd number. After the first game, change ends (1), then two more games are played (3), and the ends exchanged again, and so forth at the conclusion of odd numbered games.
Topspin - take the ball late with a bit of a closed racket face so the ball stays on the strings just a touch longer and the racket grazes over it going forward so the ball spins towards the receiver and bounces high and fast.
Slice - causes the tennis ball to spin back toward the source of impact. When a slice shot bounces, the ball stays low, forcing your opponent to scramble. Can be slow floaters if hit defensively instead of as an approach shot or a drop shot, so use purposefully. Hit your slice forehand high-to-low, with the strings brushing under the ball.
Flat - racquet face perpendicular to the ground, hard and fast, right through the ball with no spin.
Watch the ball
Get your racket back
Move your feet
Things to Remember
Don't miss - 85% of all points are decided by errors!
Cross-court on your ground-strokes and down the line on your approach shots are the best percentage plays in singles.
Unless you receive a paycheck when you walk off the court, you're playing the game for fun, so keep things in perspective!
Excessive talking on a tennis court is just plain unseemly. You won't catch me doing it... at least if anyone else is around! Here's some useful hand signals.
Opponents ball is out
Pointing upward with the index finger
Opponents ball is in
Make a sweeping motion of with the palm down
Float one up for me
Point upward with the index finger (during practice, duh)
Ad or Deuce service coming
Pistol grip point left or right
Meet me at the net for a conversation
That "come at me" move Morpheus did to Neo during the karate fight in the Matrix :)
Players that are very nearly equal in abilities may require a considerable amount of time to complete a match. One way to finish a match more quickly is to use no-ad scoring. When the score is deuce, the next point wins the game, and the receiver of the no-ad point serve gets to pick the court the ball should be served to.