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Rules of Tennis: Score in a game


a. Standard game

A standard game is scored as follows with the server's score being called first: No point- "Love"

First point - "15"

Second point - "30"

Third point - "40"

Fourth point - "Game"

except that if each player/team has won three points, the score is "Deuce". After "Deuce, the score is "Advantage" for the player/team who wins the next point. If that same player/team also wins the next point, that player/team wins the "Game"; if the opposing player/team wins the next point, the score is again "Deuce". A player/team needs to win two consecutive points immediately after "Deuce" to win the "Game".

b. Tie-break game

During a tie-break game, points are scored "Zero","1", "2", "3", etc. The first player/team to win seven points wins the "Game" and "Set", provided there is a margin of two points over the opponent(s). If necessary, the tie-break game shall continue until this margin is achieved. The player whose turn it is to serve shall serve the first point of the tie-break game. The following two points shall be served by the opponent(s) (in doubles, the player of the opposing team due to serve next). After this, each player/team shall serve alternately for two consecutive points until the end of the tie-break game (in doubles, the rotation of service within each team shall continue in the same order as during that set). The player/team whose turn it was to serve first in the tie-break game shall be the receiver in the first game of the following set. Additional approved alternative scoring methods can be found in Appendix IV.

USTA Comment 1: The Tiebreak game is also known as the Set Tiebreak. The Set Tiebreak should not be confused with the Match Tiebreak (7-point or 10-point), which under certain circumstances may be played in lieu of the deciding final set. The Match Tiebreak is described in Appendix IV.

USTA Comment 2: Is the server required to call the score at the beginning of each game and the point scores as the games go on in matches without officials? Yes. This is required by The Code 31.

USTA Comment 3: The server states that the score is 40-15; the receiver states that the score is 30-30. The players agree on who won every point except for the second point. What should they do? They should replay the second point from the advantage court. If the server wins the point, the score becomes 40-15; if the receiver wins the point, the score becomes 30-30. The next point is played from the deuce court.

USTA Comment 4: What happens in the same situation as USTA Comment 3 except that the disputed point is the third point? Everything is done the same except that the disputed point is played from the deuce court.

USTA Comment 5: The players agree that they have played six points in the game but disagree over the score because they do not agree on who won the second point. The receiver acknowledges that the server called the score after each point and that the receiver did not express disagreement with the score until now. What should happen? The score as announced by the server should prevail because the receiver did not object. Note, however, if the receiver denied hearing the score, then an official would have to be called to go through the normal 3-step process to settle the dispute.

USTA Comment 6: When do the players change ends? Players change ends after every six points and at the end of the Tiebreak. See Rule 10. They must change sides during the Tiebreak without any break or delay.




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