Tennis FAQ

Below is a list of frequently asked questions on tennis which is aimed at beginners who may be confused with some of the terminology used in tennis.

Tennis FAQ

Top things you should know about Tennis

What is the ad side in tennis?

The ad side is the left side of the court in tennis with Ad being short for Advantage.

What is the deuce side in tennis?

The deuce side is the right side of the court in tennis and is where the first point of every game is played. Once you have

What is the doubles alley in tennis?

On the left and right sides of a tennis court, you will see two lines starting at the net and going all the way back to the baseline. The space in between these two lines is referred to as the doubles alley.

If you are playing singles and you hit a ball into the doubles alley then your ball will be called out. However, if you are playing doubles the ball will be called in.

What is the baseline in tennis?

The baseline is a line at the back of a tennis court that players must avoid hitting beyond if they don’t want to lose the point. Unlike the doubles alley, the baseline applies to both doubles and singles and any balls hit beyond the baseline are called out.

What is the Service Line in tennis?

On each side of a tennis court, there is a horizontal line called a service line that is located half way between the net and the baseline.

If you hit beyond this line when serving then your serve will be called out.

What is a serve in Tennis?

A serve is the first shot hit on every point in a tennis match. A serve is usually hit above a player’s head with the aim of either hitting an ace or forcing a weak return or error from your opponent.

Players take it in turns to serve with each player having a minimum of 4 serves per game in a tennis match.

What is a Fault in Tennis?

A fault occurs when you are serving in tennis and you fail to hit the ball within the service box e.g. hitting your serve into the net or hitting your serve beyond the service line.

If a server hits two faults in a row, they automatically lose the point. This is referred to as a double fault.

What are Groundstrokes in Tennis?

Groundstrokes are shots you hit from at or behind the baseline in tennis and can involve a player hitting both forehand and backhand groundstrokes.

What is a Volley in Tennis?

A volley is when you hit a ball in the air (usually close to the net) without letting the ball bounce on the court beforehand.

What is a Half Volley in Tennis?

A half volley is a ball played in tennis off a very short bounce and is one of the most difficult tennis shots to execute successfully as it requires tremendous feel on your shot.

Due to their difficulty, half volleys are considered defensive shots as you are just looking to get the ball over the net.

What is a Drive Volley in Tennis?

A drive volley is a hybrid of a regular groundstroke and a volley and involves taking a much bigger swing at the ball than you would on a regular volley. It is usually hit when hitting a ball in the air from no man’s land.

A Drive Volley is a very aggressive shot to hit but it is not very easy to master so you will rarely see it used at the recreational level.

What is no man’s land in Tennis?

No Man’s Land is the area between the baseline and the service line on a tennis court.

It is called no man’s land as if you are positioned in this area you will find it very difficult to return baseline groundstrokes from your opponent and you will also be too far away from the net to hit effective volleys.

Therefore, you find yourself in no man’s land, you shouldn’t stay there. You should either approach the net or retreat behind the baseline as otherwise, a good opponent will be able to take advantage of your poor positioning on the court.

What is an Overhead in Tennis?

When an opponent tries to hit a ball over your head, you have the option of hitting an overhead which involves hitting the ball above your head.

You can hit forehand and backhand overhands depending on which side the ball has been hit over your head.

What is a lob in tennis?

A lob is a shot hit high into the air with spin with the aim of getting the ball over the opponent so they are pushed back to the baseline.

How many ATP Points does a Grand Slam Champion win?

Grand Slam Winners get 2,000 ATP points for winning any one of the four grand slam tournaments (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open).


How Many Sets in a Professional Tennis Match?

The majority of professional tennis matches on the ATP and WTA tours are best of three sets matches.

The only exception is in men’s grand slam tournaments where matches are best of five set.

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