Tennis is an international sport with origins dating back to the 12th century. Not only is it something that has evolved and broken socio-economic barriers as a game that is not simply for the upper echelon but for all those who wish to try it, but tennis has also proven to be a sport that requires great skill, precision and coaching.
Not only are there several surfaces to play this game on, including grass, clay and hardcourt, there are various ways to engage in this sport. One way to do so is to play individually against an opponent. This type of play has been deemed “singles”. Now if one is playing with a partner, this is known as “doubles”. If particularly fond of being at the net, doubles may be something an individual is more fond of than singles because there is usually more net time in this type of play.
Scoring is particularly unique as instead of starting off a game at “zero-zero”, prior to initially hitting the ball, the server states the score by saying, “love-love”. After this, one should note that one is equivalent to “fifteen”, two is equivalent to “thirty” and that three is equivalent to “forty”. If a singles player or a doubles team reaches four points, then it is “game” and this team wins. However, if one team or the other ends up catching up, there is a tie when both teams are at three points; this is called “deuce”. Depending on however one is playing the game at the time, there may or may not be an “advantage”. If there is not, whoever wins next the point at this time wins the game. Traditionally, two sets of six games each are played but there may be a third depending on whether or not one team wins both sets or if it is split.
Aside from scoring, tennis is an extremely interesting game to watch, but even more exciting to play. Skilled technique, agility, speed and ability to react quickly are only a few of the characteristics required of a player who wants to succeed and win. This sport involves different types of spin – top spin and back spin – that are combined with massive amounts of speed and force by powerhouse players such as Serena and Venus Williams, Karolina Pliskova, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Even returning a serve from one of the aforementioned individuals would be hard for the normal tennis player to do as these are some of the top ranked players in the world who have won countless Grand Slam Titles. They have worked their entire lives and known the importance of reacting quickly and staying on their feet as their opponent quickly calculates where to strike next. Tennis is certainly a game that will never grow old, tired nor ever go out of style. The competition itself will ensure it is here to stay!