Section 1. Overview/General Rules
- All players must provide their own tennis racquets, and the RECSports will provide the rest of the equipment needed for participation
- All GCT tennis contests will take place at North Campus
- All participants must wear shirts, shorts, and non-marking athletic shoes. Hats are permitted
- While the play is in play if it hits the net and falls over onto the receivers side it is a point for the other team, if the tennis ball hits the net and doesn’t make it over to the other side the point is awarded to the receiving team.
- The boundaries during a non-serving play will be the outside doubles lines
- While the play during all non-serves if the ball hits the net and falls over onto the receivers side it is a point for the other team, if the tennis ball hits the net and doesn’t make it over to the other side the point is awarded to the receiving team.
Section 2. Scoring
There is no set time limit for a tennis match. Players determine which side serves first by tossing a coin or rocks, paper, scissors. The first point scored by each side in a game is called“15.” (When a side has no points, the score is called “love.”) After 15, the point scored is “30,” and if players tie here it is “30 all.” The third point is “40” and when tied here, the score is called “deuce.” The fourth point scored to a side wins the game - except when the game is at deuce. At deuce, one side must win the next two consecutive points in order to win the game. The first point after deuce is known as the “advantage.” In the event of deuce, advantage-in occurs when the server has the chance to win the game with a serve, and advantage in occurs when the receiver can win the game on the next point. The server always calls out the score before their next serve.
- This first team to win two games wins the match . (Best of three)
- All matches are self-officiated. If the ball hits the line it is in
Section 3. Gameplay/Rules
The Serve – Service always begins beyond the baseline behind the right-hand court and alternates between the right and left service courts until the game is completed. The ball must land in the receiving players service court area. Failure to hit this area twice results in a loss of points. If a player hits the net on a serve the first time it is a let, and receives another chance. If the server this the net on the second serve it results in a loss of points. The same player will serve for the duration of the entire set until someone wins. Each team will rotate servers every other set.
The Return – The player receiving the incoming serve must stand behind the service court box that the server must hit the ball within in order to make it a successful serve.