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The Quick Guide to Tennis Rules for Beginners


Interested in learning how to play the game of tennis? Want to know what’s happening whether you’re at a tournament or on the TV when you’re watching tennis? To really appreciate tennis, you’ll need to be familiar with the tennis rules. However, at first, they may seem difficult to recall, but don’t worry, we’ll go over everything with you in great detail. Now that you know what tennis regulations are officially accepted by most organizations, keep reading to learn more.


Tennis has a set of rules that must be followed

To begin with, the regulations of tennis vary (though they are largely identical) between singles and doubles competitions. Prior to learning how to play singles and doubles, let’s take a look at some of the general tennis rules and regulations that apply to all of tennis.

Tennis Laws and Procedures

  • For play to continue, the ball must land within bounds; if a player strikes the ball outside of bounds, they lose a point.
  • No one on either team may touch the net or goalposts, nor may they cross the goal line to the other team’s side.
  • The racquet cannot be carried by players or teams.
  • Players are not allowed to hit the ball more than once in a row.
  • Players are unable to return the ball until it has crossed the goal line.
  • Without returning the ball before it has bounced twice, a player is penalized one point.
  • A penalty is called when the ball strikes or otherwise comes into contact with one of the players.
  • A penalty is assessed if the racquet is dropped or if verbal abuse is used.

Equipment for Playing Tennis

Racquet: A tennis racket is made up of three parts: a handle, a frame, and strings that are crisscross-wound. Racquets should not exceed 32 inches in frame length, 12.5 inches wide handles, and an overall length or 11-inch width of 15.5 inches or less on the playing surface. Other than those that prevent vibration and wear and tear, the racquet must be empty.

Tennis ball – A tennis ball is white or yellow in color, with a diameter of 2-1/2 to 2-5/8 inches and a weight of 2 to 2-1/16 ounces, for tournament use only Apart from that, established specifications also dictate the ball’s elasticity and uniformity.