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Tennis Uniforms

Male and Female - Appropriate athletic clothing must be worn for all

games. (See athletic dress code in SECTION I of these guidelines.)

The Racket

The racket may be any commercially produced racket.

The Choice of Ends and Service

The choice of ends and the right to be server or receiver in every match shall go to the younger

player, provided that, if he chooses the right to be server or receiver, the other player shall have

the choice of ends, and vice versa.

A Game

It takes four (4) points to win a game unless the game reaches deuce, in which case play

continues indefinitely until one player gets two (2) points ahead.

A Set

A regular set shall consist of six (6) games. A short set begins play at two (2) games all. The

12-point tie breaker will be used in all sets that reach six (6) games.

A Match

A match shall consist of two (2) of three (3) short sets, except for finals. Finals matches shall

consist of the best of two (2) out of three (3) regular sets.

The 12-Point Tie Breaker

Player A, having served the first game of the set, serves the first point from the right court.

Player B serves points 2 and 3 (left and right). Player A serves points 4 and 5 (left and right).

Player B serves point 6 (left) and, after players change ends, point 7 (right). Player A serves

points 8 and 9 (left and right). Player B serves points 10 and 11 (left and right). Player A serves

point 12 (left). A player who reaches 7 points during these first 12 points wins the game and set.

If the score has reached 6 points all, the players change ends and continue in the same pattern

until one player establishes a margin of two (2) points, which gives him the game and set. Note

that players change ends every six (6) points. For a following set, the players change ends and

player B serves the first game.

VI -12


For general rules, see the U.S. Tennis Associations Rule Book. It may be ordered from the

following address or through your local bookstore.

USTA Online Store

Attn: Orders

2605 E. Oakley Park Road, Ste. C

Commerce Township, MI 48390


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