Lawn tennis is one of the most popular sports of the modern era. It is widely popular across the world and the TV coverage of major Tennis tournaments attracts millions of viewers world wide. It is a racket sport, a sport played on a court with a racket and a felt-covered rubber ball. It can be played by two (as in singles) or four (as in doubles) indoors or outdoors.
Courts are divided by a net and marked with two sets of lines, one for singles and one for doubles play. There are many different kinds of courts, like grass, clay, sand, asphalt, concrete, wood, turf, or composite. Different courts need a different style of play to be successful. Over the years, a lot of extremely successful players have also faced problems performing on some of the courts.
The ball is made of hollow inflated rubber 2.5 to 2.6 inches in diameter. Tennis rackets vary in size and shape, although the maximum length is 29 inches and the maximum width is 12.5 inches. The racket head is no more than 15.5 inches and 11.5 inches wide. It is strung with thin overlapping cords of gut, nylon, or other materials. Originally made of wood, most current rackets are now made of stronger and lighter materials such as aluminum, graphite, and carbon fiber. The handle features a rubber or leather grip and vibration-dampening technology.
Clothing is usually lightweight shirts, shorts, and short skirts. Shoes with nonskid rubber soles are also worn.
A tennis game has a number of sets. Each set has a number of games, and each game has points. When one player reaches six games, it is one set. If it is a three-set match, the player who first wins two sets is the winner.
The goal of tennis is to hit the ball over the net into the other player?s court. When the other player cannot return the ball, a point is won. Unless it results in a tie, a tennis game is played to four points. The first point is called "15," the second "30," the third, "40," and the fourth point is called "game." Zero points is called "love" and a tie at 40 is called "deuce." Each point of a tennis game begins with a serve.The player serving the ball is the server and the one receiving the ball is the receiver.The server tosses the ball into the air and strikes it with the racket before it touches the ground, aiming to hit the ball into the opponent's area to begin the volley. The first serve of the game is hit from the right side of the court into the diagonally opposite side of the court. The ball must not bounce twice in a row on the same side of the court. It also cannot be hit into the net or outside boundary lines.
Strokes-Forehand and backhand are the most common strokes used in tennis.
Shots-The Lob,Serve, Overhead Smash, Drop shot, Volley and Half Volley
Four Grand Slams (the most important tennis tournaments of each season (year).)
- Australian Open (January)
- French Open(
- Wimbledon (June - July)
- US Open(August-September)