Club & Playing Rules

The club has two sets of rules. The Playing Rules broadly regulate behaviour on court and the Club Rules regulate the management of the club.


For Club Rules click here.

For Playing Rules click here.

For Basic rules of tennis click here.

Aim of the game

Tennis is a wonderful sport and is also wonderfully simple. Although there are a few basic rules to consider.

It is played on a rectangular court by either two players (singles) or four (doubles).


Players stand on opposite sides of a net and use a stringed racket to hit a ball back and forth to each other.Each player has a maximum of one bounce after it has been hit by their opponent to return the ball over the net and within the boundaries of the court.


Once a player fails to do any of these three things, their opponent wins a point.The aim is to win enough points to win a game, enough games to win a set and enough sets to win a match.


The first person to win six games wins a set, but only if they are leading by two clear games.That means that if your opponent wins five games, you must win the set 7-5, or play a tie-break if the game score reaches six all.

Matches are usually the best of three (women) or the best of five sets (men), although some men's tournaments just play the best of three sets.

Single Match

A two-player game is known as a singles match.

Players use the narrower singles court.

The player who plays the ball first is the server and the person who returns it is the receiver.

Players swap serve every game and change ends every other game.

There is no penalty for serving out of turn but as soon as the mistake is discovered, the correct player must begin serving.

The right to be server or receiver or the choice of ends is decided by tossing a coin or spinning a racket.

The winner of the toss can choose one of four options:


  • To serve, in which case the opponent can choose ends
  • To receive, in which case the opponent can choose ends
  • The end of the court at which he or she wishes to begin the match, in which case the opponent can choose to serve or receive
  • To ask the opponent to choose
  • Doubles

    The rules for doubles are the same as singles, except the wider court is used.

    Players within a pair do not have to hit alternate shots.

    However, the serve rotates so that each player serves once every fourth game.

    For instance from Player A in Pair A, to Player B in pair B, back to Player C in Pair A and then to Player D in Pair B.

    Players can only change the order of serving and receiving at the end of a set.

    The server's partner and the receiver's partner may stand anywhere they like on the court during the serve, even if it obstructs play.

    Traditionally however, each player takes one side of the court.


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