Interesting tennis scoring rules

With this year’s French Open, China’s golden flower Zheng Qinwen reached the last 16 of women’s singles, creating her best record in the Grand Slam matches, the future is unlimited, once again caused great attention to the tennis match.


When watching a tennis match, you may find that the scoring method of tennis match is very interesting, and other ball games played over the net, such as table tennis, badminton, volleyball and so on. In those ball games, one point is scored for each win. In a game, the first 11 points for table tennis, 21 points for badminton and 25 points for volleyball (15 points in the deciding game) are counted as the winner, but the lead must be at least 2 points, or the game will continue until the lead is 2 points. The score of the later matches keeps increasing, so sometimes the score of a game can be as high as 20 or 30 points. For example, in the men’s volleyball match of the Tokyo Olympic Games, Brazil and France had a game of 39:37.

The scoring method of tennis match is very special, in a match, the first four points even if win, it is at least two points ahead of the opponent, which is similar to other matches. But in tennis, you don’t get one point for every point you win. Instead, you get 15 for the first point, 30 for the second and 40 for the third. On winning the fourth ball, the set is won if the opponent wins two or fewer balls, i.e., a score of 30 or less. If the opponent also wins three goals, i.e., at 40, the first three goals are tied, then the team that wins the fourth goal is called the winner and needs to win one more goal to be two goals ahead. If the other team wins by a goal, the score returns to a tie until the leading team reaches a two-goal lead. So on the scoreboard in tennis, you will see only 15, 30, 40 numbers and the letter AD (abbreviation of English leading), the score does not go up as in other games.

Interesting tennis scoring rules


Tennis is an interesting way of keeping score, which is said to have something to do with clocks that can be seen everywhere in the ancient British court. Because tennis originated in the 19th century in The United Kingdom, is a court leisure sport. It is well known that a clock has 12 numbers in a circle. The numbers 3, 6, 9 and 12 divide the clock into four parts on average, representing 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes and 60 minutes respectively. A tennis game generally win four balls even if win, so win the first ball on the record for 15, the second ball on the record for 30, but the third ball why not record 45, and changed to 40? Again, this has to do with English pronunciation. 45 is pronounced forty_five, which is a bit more difficult to pronounce than fifteen or thirty, and is sometimes hard to hear. For simplicity and convenience, we should simply call it forty and pronounce it forty.


For a single event, table tennis usually grab four sets, badminton grab two sets, volleyball grab three sets, the match is won, while tennis is more complicated. In tennis, you have to win a set by at least six games, and you have to lead by two games, which means at least 6-4 or 7-5. If after 6:5, the trailing team wins the first game and the game is tied 6:6, a tiebreak is used to decide the outcome of the set. In the process of tie-seven, the scoring method and table tennis and other games are basically the same, that is, each win a ball to score a point, the first to get 7 points for the victory, but also to at least 2 points ahead of the opponent. Therefore, in the tiebreak, the score may be very large. In the regular tiebreak, there was a 28:26 high score, but the final score of the game was still recorded at 7:6. The player who wins the tiebreak wins the set. To win a match, the men need to win three sets and the women two.


Tennis matches sometimes take a long time. It is common to play four or five hours a match. The longest match took place in 2010, when a men’s singles match in the first round of wimbledon was not decided after 10 hours and 7 minutes. Therefore, tennis matches have very high physical requirements for athletes. Most outstanding female athletes tend to be masculine in terms of figure and strength, the most typical of which is the Williams sisters of the United States. In the impression, only Swedish tennis princess Hingis, Russian beauty Sharapova and Chinese player Li Na, still calculate a bit more feminine.

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