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The Rules of Tennis – EXPLAINED!

Ninh explains the Rules of Tennis
Tennis, is a game played as singles (where one person plays against one person) or doubles
(where two people play against two people). The object of the game is for you or your
team to score more points and to win sets faster than the opposing player or team. In the women’s
game you have to win 2 sets, and in the men’s game, you must win 3 sets.
To win a set, you must win at least 6 games, and be at least 2 games ahead.
To win a game, you must win 4 points and be at least two points ahead.
Hey, whoa … I’m confused already?! Okay, let’s start from the beginning …
The tennis court is 78ft long by 36ft wide, and the net is 3.5 ft above the ground.
These are some of the other dimensions of the court, and note that the area of play
is different for both singles and doubles. The game starts with one player making a serve.
To do this, they must stand behind the line and hit the ball into this area of the opponent’s
court. The opponent is allowed a maximum of one bounce
to hit the ball back over the net onto the other players court.
The idea is to hit the ball onto your opponents court and for your opponent not to be able
to hit it back. If you manage to successfully hit the ball
onto your opponents court without them returning the favour, you score.
If you score one point, you score ‘15’ If you score two points, you score ‘30’
If you score three points, you score ‘40’ And if you score four points, and are two
points ahead, you win the game. The only time this is different is when the
score is 40-40. This is known as deuce, and you now have to
win two straight points to win the game. After a game is won, the other player or pair
serves the ball from the other side to start the next game.
Once a player has won 6 games and is at least 2 games ahead, they win a set.
Winning 2 sets or 3 sets faster than your opponents, wins you the Match. So umm … is there anything you can’t do
in Tennis? Ironically, yes! There’s a lot of things
you cannot do in Tennis You cannot hit the ball outside the area of
play. You cannot hit the ball into the net and for
it to land on your side of the court. You cannot hit the ball twice in succession.
You cannot touch the net. You cannot touch the ball with any part of
your body except with the racket and you cannot commit a double fault.
If you commit any of these infractions, this results in your opponents being awarded a
point. Now that’s basically Tennis in a nutshell,
but there’s a few things you’ll need to understand before playing or going to a game. For example …
Fault/Double Fault During a serve, you have two chances to serve
the ball legally. You must be behind the line and you must hit
the ball onto this area of your opponents court. Should you fail to do either of those
things, this is known as a fault and you must serve the ball again.
If you commit two faults in a row, this is a double fault, and your opponent is automatically
awarded a point. Let
If a legal serve hits the net before landing in the opponents area, this is known as a
let, and the player is allowed to serve the ball again without fault. Ace If a player serves the ball legally and the
opponent cannot return the ball, this is known as an ‘ace’. The serving player wins the
point. Advantage
During deuce, if you score one point – you are known to have an ‘advantage’. You
only need one more point to win the game unless your opponent scores. Tie Breaker.
If the games are tied at 6-6, a tiebreaker is used to determine who wins the set.
Players take it in turns to serve and the aim is to score 7 points and be at least two
points ahead. This carries on until someone wins the set. If you’re still into sure about the scoring
system – be sure to watch a few games to get used to how it all works. It seems a little
complicated, but once you watch or play Tennis, the rules will become clear.
If you have found this video at all helpful, please like, share and subscribe.
It takes me ages to make one of these things and good karma is very much appreciated.
Be sure to follow me on twitter also, but in the meantime, enjoy Tennis! Ninh Ly,, @NinhLyUK

David Frank



  1. Devin Ripke Posted on August 11, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    his helped so much and I am going to start plating soon, thank you!

  2. totesMagotes83 Posted on August 12, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Just wondering, what's the point of the convoluted scoring system? Why isn't it just: 1-3 points, then a 4th for game? Why 1 = 15, 2 = 30, 3 = 40, etc.. ???

  3. Sai Mullangi Posted on August 16, 2018 at 3:08 am

    Really helpful for a new comer to the real world of tennis.

  4. KLICK KAN KAP Posted on August 19, 2018 at 4:05 am

    had to watch this to play AO international tennis, thanks

  5. disappointment Posted on August 20, 2018 at 4:12 am

    Fuck im joining tennis for the first time tmrw, and have nooo fking idea what to do

  6. MoreSabz Posted on August 23, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Thank you!! I’ve been so confused on all the rules these past few days and this helped

  7. Breaker Posted on August 26, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    An ace is when someone serves the ball and the reserve doesn’t touch the ball

  8. Sergio Flores Posted on August 29, 2018 at 2:39 am

    Beautiful sport! Go Federer!!!

  9. Different Videos! Posted on August 29, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Nicely explained

  10. Philipp Meyer Posted on August 30, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Tennis sounds so damn complicated at first but you will quickly get used to it. And it will take long to get good at it, for most people at least, but if you keep training it will be much fun!

  11. Temur Khusanboev Posted on September 3, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Thank you so much!

  12. Chef Polo Posted on September 5, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Thanks for the important. I will be watching this video again and again!

  13. NHCuber Posted on September 8, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    Thanks for this video so much! My friend and I have recently really got into tennis and are always arguing over the rules

  14. Jose Peña Posted on September 9, 2018 at 12:22 am

    What about warnings in tennis?

  15. PoultryFarm08 Posted on September 12, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Excellent video. Every step and rule explained very clearly. Thank you!

  16. Ryan Gray Posted on September 15, 2018 at 4:30 am

    Thanks for the video I appreciate it and I know how to play tennis tux.

  17. Uncle Blumiere Posted on September 16, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    I learned the rules from mario tennis aces and am surprised that all the rules are 100 percent legit. Thanks nintendo 😛

  18. Gabriella Smart Posted on September 19, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    whos here because of pe?

  19. Bloody Kenshiro Posted on October 11, 2018 at 4:30 am

    The scoring system is so needlessly complicated while the game is simple enough to grasp in a few minutes. Pretty strange combination of factors.

  20. Khiana Angelo Posted on October 21, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Okay tennis players. I'm 11 and I play softball I loved that so much and want to try more (volleyball ,tennis) but I don't know anything about it but when high school rolls around I want to play but like all school teams you have to try out now I was wondering If you think I can learn how to play and be okay at it in a small amount of time. Or is it easy to play and will I embarrass myself.

  21. Ruby Abarca Posted on October 21, 2018 at 11:12 pm


  22. Jacy Chiang Posted on October 24, 2018 at 11:47 am

    What is karma?

  23. Ristygirl Posted on October 30, 2018 at 3:30 am

    I'm hopefully trying out for the tennis team at my school this year, I knew almost nothing about tennis but thankfully this vid helped me. I'm extremely nervous cuz 1. I'm scared to be judged. 2. The ball scares me. So idk what to do aH

  24. Owen Galbraith Posted on October 30, 2018 at 5:24 am

    i already know how to play tennis like i play competition i wanted to see how well you explained it

  25. Alison Carville Posted on November 9, 2018 at 12:22 am

    Thanks so much, Ninh!

  26. that guy dude Posted on November 18, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Don’t forget that on every odd number game (1,3,5)the players switch sides on the court lol it’s weird but that’s how life is I guess

  27. lonnie pollocks Posted on November 25, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    Like if you knew most of these rules because you played Wii Sports

  28. Mobin Endaila Posted on November 29, 2018 at 8:22 am

    This is a nice video. Thank you very much. 😊

    Me: Pressed Like button.
    Video: "It took me ages to make…"
    Me: Comments

  29. Jesus Cuevas Posted on December 17, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Forgot to mention that you serve until someone wins then you switch serving

  30. Isis Aquino Posted on December 20, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Thank you for making this video

  31. Goharjio Nico Posted on January 1, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Any badminton players out there?

  32. [ Khazel ] Posted on January 4, 2019 at 1:51 am

    im just here because of school, and i really didnt care about tennis at a l l (or any sport for that matter)
    congrats man, you actually got me interested in tennis.

  33. Hailey Karsh Posted on January 11, 2019 at 4:18 am

    Hey this video kinda helped me understand it! I tried out for tennis last night for my school with my friends and we all made it! Mostly because there wasn’t a lot of people trying out😂 but I really am bad at tennis and all the other girls are soooo much better then me. What I am really scared of is matches with everyone watching you is really scary to me. Do you have any tips to deal with that? Thanks

  34. NICHOLAS FENOCHETTI Posted on January 22, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Martin Van Buren was the 8th President of the United

  35. khali dibba Posted on January 26, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Almost clear…now need to watch some games before Australia open final Tomorrow…. Thanks mate

  36. Shane Williams Posted on January 28, 2019 at 2:58 am

    I have tennis tryouts tomorrow and you saved me tbh

  37. Errol Chouest Posted on February 2, 2019 at 3:16 am

    Okay. Two question. Does it mater if you use 1 or 2 hands? And does it matter which of the two smaller squares your serve to??

  38. lillian newby Posted on February 9, 2019 at 5:06 am

    Thank you so much

  39. Pinkachumoo Posted on February 9, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Why is this so confusing to me

  40. Uncle Neff Posted on February 19, 2019 at 6:56 am

    Me and My girlfriend love tennis but we suck. So we might just give up & call it quits 🥺

  41. SunshineLily Posted on February 21, 2019 at 3:59 am

    I’m literally playing my first game tomorrow as doubles and this video helped me out and my partner as well.

  42. A.J. Ello Posted on February 23, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    I'm here because of Infinite Jest.
    Edit: I, too, would have to be on drugs to want to play this game.

  43. Haraagam Singh Posted on February 24, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Very helpful . Thanks

  44. Ajang Awac Posted on March 1, 2019 at 12:00 am

    And here I am during Feb 28 crying and waiting for spring to play tennis 😭😭😢😢😭😭😢😢😭😢

  45. Jay Shin Posted on March 2, 2019 at 4:33 am

    Not to be rude but isn’t 2:50 not a let because it didn’t go in the right area after hitting the net??

  46. MaggieOnline Posted on March 9, 2019 at 10:40 am

    After 10 years. I finally understand

  47. Lyd Posted on March 10, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    This helped so much I’m going to start playing tennis for my school and I have no idea about scoring or rules or how to play and this definitely helped 🙂

  48. sportsallstar7 sportsallstar7 Posted on March 11, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Thanks for the video I’m doing varsity tennis this year at my high school

  49. The Legendary E Posted on March 14, 2019 at 1:27 am

    What is love

  50. Aish Gohil Posted on March 16, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Yeah.. I gotta something
    . thanks 🙏😊

  51. Kazuma Yagami Posted on April 13, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Would I not score a point if I hit my opponent's body and the ball bounce back to my court? Would that be my opponent's point?

  52. Coordinator Posted on April 20, 2019 at 1:04 am

    Did you know that John McEnroe has a boat named “Match Point”?

  53. 3bdera7man Posted on April 20, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    From which side should you serve? Right or left?

  54. Heidi Lindemann Posted on April 22, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    This video was so helpful thank you so much

  55. Mr. Germ Posted on April 23, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Maybe the official sport of Tennessee is Tennis? (Tennis see)

  56. Mr. Germ Posted on April 23, 2019 at 11:15 am

    There should be one more, CHALLENGE

  57. your mom Posted on April 24, 2019 at 12:45 am

    wtf why is it different for women's and men's? 0:15

    I can't do this no more

  58. Nath Lafleur Posted on May 3, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Oh my. I was not doing it like that.Great info, thank you very much!

  59. Aquamelon Posted on May 3, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    I’ve played tennis for a while now, and I learned that rules by playing wii sports

  60. Charles Rainier Estrella Posted on May 8, 2019 at 12:32 am

    Thanks very much for this Ninh Ly, since Tennis, Badminton, Ice Hockey, Soccer, and American Football equal my favorite sports, and

    what I'm very much a fan of. I very much appreciate you explaining the rules of Tennis over this.

  61. Mateo Gonzalez Posted on May 9, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    I like how the tennis racket is considered as a part of your body. Like, "This racket and I are ONE !" 2:12

  62. DTA 4321 Posted on May 10, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Awesome video thanks

  63. Jacob LeBlanc Posted on May 19, 2019 at 12:47 am

    you did not explain who serves when

  64. yalguun Posted on May 22, 2019 at 2:37 am

    thank you gta5

  65. courgargold Posted on June 2, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Great video, thank you so much! Terrible rules, shame on whoever made the scoring rule for tennis. 🙂

  66. RYBORG Posted on June 8, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    I just realised how confusing the scoring system actually is because of this video. I grew up playing tennis so i'm used to it but now that I think about it, the scoring system is really strange due to the three parts of the score: Points within games, games and sets where it would generally be points and sets in other sports.

  67. Grace Kihiuhi Posted on June 9, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Live this video and tennis too

  68. Washi Posted on June 16, 2019 at 6:03 am

    Thank you for the vid

  69. kevin nordio Posted on June 18, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    Referencing 1:43: I have a question on how you win a set in tennis. Is winning a set similar to winning a game where it goes on forever until a player wins two in a row when tied or players are separated by only one game? (Consider a game is 5-5 and the other side wins a game and makes it 5-6) thank you!

  70. Makani Ross Posted on June 22, 2019 at 4:41 am

    omg thank you. when my family was trying to explain the sets and games i couldn’t understand.

  71. Jdm262 Posted on June 29, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    Wonder why they chose those numbers as the score? Why don't they just use "1-4" ?

  72. Mrfairchap Posted on July 5, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Get all the explanations about “deuce” but still can’t see why they just don’t call it 40 all. After all we know you need 2 points to win the game after that, we don’t need to be reminded!

  73. jordan layfield Posted on July 8, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    What if the ball hits the top of the net and makes it to the other side during a game, do they carry on? Or does a point go to the other player.

  74. endemic0089_ Posted on July 12, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Do you have to hit the ball inside of the rectangle?

  75. Allessalreggkom _ Posted on July 12, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Thank you so much.

  76. MSC TheGamer Posted on July 12, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    still confused ngl

  77. Tristan Arguijo Posted on July 12, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Great video, thank you for making this. Its very easy for me to understand and comprehend

  78. Naga Nikhil Posted on July 14, 2019 at 3:33 am

    Scoring system is very strange. Took a lot of time to understand

  79. Archangel Tyrael Posted on July 15, 2019 at 7:53 am

    So men have to win more games than woman and yet woman get equal pay? Lmao.

  80. Kevin Penfold Posted on July 15, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    2:10 can someone inform this man that the tennis racket is in fact, not part of the body. Thanks. 😂

    Very helpful video! Thanks!

  81. chris kaprys Posted on July 18, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    2:53 – you say that a Let requires the ball to have hit the net on a serve and land in the opponent's area, yet the video shows Murray's serve hitting the net and bouncing off wide. Is that a let, because it didn't bounce back onto Murray's side of the net? Or is the clip simply a misrepresentation because a Let must still land within the legal square on the opponent's side?

  82. Dwm21 Posted on July 27, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    You change side every odd number of games

  83. Twenty One Pilots Killjoyyy Posted on August 1, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    I’m playing tennis next year (well in a couple of weeks bc school starts August 19 for me) and I haven’t played tennis since seventh grade and I’m now a freshman going into high school and I feel like I won’t be good enough :(, but for now I will try to practice more on my footwork bc that’s what I had trouble with. I just hope I will not be thought less of ..

  84. Fatime Zejneli Posted on August 5, 2019 at 7:26 am

    I'm finally going to go to tennis in one hour

  85. Safi Ahmed Posted on August 5, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Probably the most simple and straightforward explanation ever. Great work.

  86. Ryan Hernandez Posted on August 7, 2019 at 1:50 am

    I’m starting tennis this year.


  87. Aso potamadre Posted on August 11, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Its 2 sets for men in most tournament only in grand slams its 3

  88. Jennifer Walmach Posted on August 12, 2019 at 12:33 am

    I’m going to be a junior in high school and decided to do tennis because it’s something I’ve always wanted to do but I’ve been too scared. I played a few times before and I wasn’t too bad but I have my first practice tomorrow morning and I’m scared because many of my soon to be teammates have played for a few years and I’m intimidated by them. I am only comfortable with one of the girls on the team but I’m pretty sure she’ll be staying with her other friends and I’m just nervous about the whole social scene.

  89. Nan Zhang Posted on August 22, 2019 at 1:29 am

    i already know the tennis rules but i feel like he made it more complex

  90. JustPierre Posted on September 1, 2019 at 5:31 am

    Coco vs Naomi brought me here. I don't know much about tennis, but I respect their dedication to the game and want to learn more.

  91. goo bros Posted on September 2, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    Thanks this really helped

  92. Vim Alcel Naraga Posted on September 8, 2019 at 12:06 am

    You must serve the ball diagonally

  93. caddy g Posted on September 8, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Wow! Good job with the video! 2019 anyone? I start tennis tomorrow and I'm sooooooooooo nervous😣😣😣

  94. Starlin Peña Posted on September 9, 2019 at 4:19 am

    tennis and volleyball are cousins

  95. Ian Farquhar Posted on September 18, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    I play table tennis competitively so a lot of this stuff makes sense. Just on a court with a stringed racket and larger ball

  96. Sharu sharumeela Posted on September 24, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks I have a tournament later

  97. Meghna Creates Posted on October 7, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Wait, so suppose if the ball gets hit to my side and it bounces once. Do I have to hit the ball immediately before it bounces?

  98. Linda Kong Posted on October 11, 2019 at 4:57 am

    i already know all the rules why am i here

  99. Angel Aguilar Posted on October 14, 2019 at 12:21 am

    Thanks for posting! 🙂