This article will provide you with a simple guide on how to keep score in Tennis. If you are new to tennis then the scoring can be confusing but hopefully, this guide will help you get a better understanding.
Table of Contents
- Where should you start each point?
- How to Keep Score in Tennis?
- Example of Scoring in a Tennis Match
- Set Scoring in Tennis
- Tennis Scoring FAQ
Where should you start each point?
Before I explain how to keep score in tennis, I want to quickly explain which side of the court you stand on for each point. For the first point in each game, you and your opponent stand on the deuce side of the court to begin the point.
For the second point in the game, you and your opponent start the point from the ad side of the court. From then on, you just alternate from deuce to the ad side until the game is won by you or your opponent.
How to Keep Score in Tennis?
The tennis scoring system can be quite confusing to some beginners as it is not like other sports e.g. if you win the first three game points in tennis, you get 40 love up rather than three nil up.
I have included a breakdown of the tennis scoring system below. Hopefully, it will help you to better understand how to keep score in tennis if you are a beginner.
0 points = Love
1 point = 15
2 points = 30
3 points = 40
If at any point during the game both players have the same number of points we use All when calling the score e.g. Love all, 15 all and 30 all. 40 all in tennis is called Deuce.
Once one player gets to 40, then they will have an opportunity to win the game with the next point. If for example, Player A is 40 love up then they will have 3 chances to win the game by winning a point.
If they fail to win any of the next 3 points, it will go to deuce and they will now require two points in a row to win the game.
If players are at deuce and one of them wins the next point, then the server will call the score as either “my advantage” or “your advantage” depending on who won the last point.
If the player with the advantage loses the next point then it goes back to deuce. This will continue until one of the players wins two points in a row.
An alternative to calling “my advantage” or “your advantage” is to say Ad in when the Server has the advantage and Ad out when the returner has the advantage. There really isn’t a right or wrong here, so you can use whichever you prefer.
If you would like to learn more about the history of the tennis scoring system then check out the Time.com article on why tennis is scored so weirdly.
Example of Scoring in a Tennis Match
|Point Number||Point Won By||Rafael Nadal||Roger Federer|
|4||Nadal||40 (Break Point to Nadal)||30|
|6||Federer||40||Ad In (Match Point to Federer)|
|8||Federer||40||Ad In (Match Point to Federer)|
|10||Federer||40||Ad In (Federer wins the Match Point)|
Set Scoring in Tennis
Tennis matches are mostly played as either best of 3 or best of 5 set matches with the two main set formats used being an advantage set and a tie-break set.
Advantage Set Format in Tennis
An advantage set is played until one player has won at least 6 games and that player has at least a 2-game lead over their opponent e.g. 6-4 or 12-10.
Tie-break Set Format in Tennis
The tie-break set format is similar to the advantage set format but if the match gets to six games all, instead of continuing to play games, a tie-break is played to see who wins the set.
Tennis Scoring FAQ
Who should call the Score in Tennis?
The server should call the score just before they are going to start the next point.