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 


Fax: (248) 737-6944 

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