Frequently Asked Questions

Can my Spouse/Friend & I learn together?

Absolutely, tennis is one of the few sports where men and women can play together. Virtually all entry level tennis programs are co-ed.

Are there programs for juniors?

Absolutely! The rules of tennis have changed and now tennis is easier than ever for juniors to learn. With shorter courts, shorter racquets, and slower moving balls, getting juniors started in the sport has never been easier! This new initiative, called 10 and Under Tennis, is delivered at facilities across the country. You can learn more about this effort at www.10andUnderTennis.com. To find out more about where all juniors can get involved in the game, visit www.YouthTennis.com.

Are there programs for seniors?

Tennis, truly a sport of a lifetime, offers a variety of programs for senior players. Whether it's senior tournaments, USTA leagues, flex leagues, round robins at your local club, the play opportunities for seniors is significant.

Now, with the introduction of low compression Red, Orange, and Green balls, and shorter courts, seniors can enjoy the game at nearly any age as the balls travel slower and there is less court to cover.

Can I get a good workout?

Want flat abs, chiseled legs and a hard body? Tennis will help you get them. The abdominal muscles and legs are involved in every stroke in the game. Want to burn calories? For the average person, an hour of tennis will burn 493 of them. An hour on a stationary bike will burn 387. Which one sounds like more fun?

Check out our Healther Mind and Bodysection for more information from one of our great supporters, the Cleveland Clinic. You'll see why tennis is such a great sport.
 

Can tennis help my social life?

There's no more social game than tennis. It's one of the few sports where men and women play together. Singles, married couples, friends, fathers, daughters-there's a place for everyone on a tennis court.

Do I need to know the rules of Tennis?

While it is important to know the Rules of Tennis if you are going to be competing in tournaments, leagues, or team play, it is not necessary for you to know every rule in the book while you're getting started. To learn a few basics to help you begin, click here.

Should I know any rules of Tennis etiquette?

Having good sportsmanship is a large part of playing and having fun with tennis. Click herefor a few basic tips on etiquette.
 

Do I have to wear all white?

Only if you want. The days of lily-white tennis fashion are gone, replaced by colorful athletic gear. Of course, you can also go out there in a T-shirt and cut-offs.

How do I submit feedback on the site?

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How do you keep score in tennis?

A tennis match consists of points, games and sets. A match is won when a player or doubles team wins a majority of sets in the match. Most tennis matches are either best of 3 sets or best of 5 sets.
 
In a game, the same player serves a sequence of points. The first player (or team) to win four points, by at least two points, wins that game, then the serve alternates to the opponent for the next game. 
 
Scoring in a tennis game is unique to the sport: zero points is called “love,” the first point won is called “15,” second point is “30,” third point is “40,” and the fourth point is “game.” A player or team must win a game by two points, so if the game score is tied at “40-all,” also called “deuce,” the game continues until a player wins both the “advantage” then the “game” by winning two consecutive points.
 
The typical set is over when a player wins six games, by a margin of two games. If the score is tied at 6-games-all, play either continues in games until one side wins two consecutive games, or players can play a “tie-break” to determine the winner (in which case, the winner of the set will win by a score of 7-6).
 
For more on scoring in tennis, including alternative scoring formats and tie-breaks, visit http://www.usta.com/Improve-Your-Game/Rules/ and download “Friend at Court.”
 

What's the first step to becoming a tennis player?

New players should find a program that will help them in the early stages of learning to play. Teaching pros make learning to play fun and research shows that you are three times more likely to enjoy tennis if you are part of a new player program rather than just trying to learn to play tennis by yourself.

Just utilize the search features of PlayTennis.com to find courts, instruction, people to play with, drills and tips, and more.

How much time will it take to learn?

Teaching pros say they can have you hitting back and forth steadily in two hours. For most, a four-week group program taught by a pro should put you on the fast track to success.

Now with new equipment, such as low-compression Red, Orange, and Green tennis balls, it's easy for you to get started and rallying with your playing partner. These balls don't move as fast, or bounce as high, slowing down the game and making it easier for beginners to keep the ball "in."

There are also now shorter courts in tennis. Although primarily used for kids ages 10 and Under, these shorter courts are also great for beginners who are just picking up the game because they don't have as much court to cover. The shorter courts are also great for seniors who may not have as much mobility as they once did. With the shorter courts in tennis it now ensures that all players, regardless of age or skill level, can enjoy the sport!

What equipment do I need?

Like that other popular world game, soccer, tennis is the most basic of sports-you need a racquet and a can of balls. And it doesn't have to cost much. Racquets can be purchased for under $40, and balls shouldn't run you more than $3 a can. Most tennis facilities will have loaner racquets that you can use for your first few lessons.

What is PlayTennis.com?

PlayTennis.com is your personal all (tennis) access pass. Join the millions of others who - through tennis - are having fun, making new friends and enjoying a more active, healthier lifestyle. And that's why tennis is the fastest growing traditional sport in America today. Tennis is the sport for a lifetime - from the youngest to the oldest, all can enjoy the benefits it provides.

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