Good evening quizgirl-ga and thank you for the question!
It is really hard to find a decent site out on the net nowadays that
doesn?t ask you to subscribe or pay for something - or unknowingly
lead you to an advertisement rather than what you are looking for. I
have weeded through many, many "tennis sites? offering instructions
and found what I thought to be the best informational sites for tennis
instructions, strategy and rules of the game.
I used to play tennis as a kid (not by choice ? it was a ?summer
project? my mom made me do to keep me from getting bored) and I
learned a lot about tennis, however, I have two left feet so I never
really went anywhere with it. Maybe you will have better luck than I
will! Below you will find the basics of the game of tennis, followed
by useful websites.
Tennis has actually been around for a long time but nobody really
knows the origins of the name or where the game actually came from.
Some historians claim a game resembling tennis was played by the
ancient Egyptians. Still others think Greeks started the game. The
most realistic assumption is that the French monks in the 12th century
were the true pioneers. Although the game probably started in France,
it was the English who helped spread it throughout the world. Tennis
was first played in its current form in 1874, and Wimbledon
Championships have been played at the All-England Club since 1877.
More about the history of tennis:
( http://www.realtennis.gbrit.com/history.htm )
( http://www.all-about-tennis.com/history-of-tennis.html )
Tennis is played on a court 78 feet long by 27 feet wide for single
play, or thirty-six feet wide for double play. It is played on a
variety of surfaces including clay, grass, carpet and hard surfaces.
The court is divided in half by a net over which players must hit the
ball. The net is 3 feet high at the center and 3 feet 6 inches at the
ends. On either side of the net are spaces called service courts,
which are half of the entire court in size. The service court on the
player's right is known as the deuce court, while the service court on
the left is known as the advantage court.
Basics rules of tennis state that each point is started with a serve,
taken from behind the white baseline at each end of the court. The
goal is to place the ball across the net in a diagonal direction so
that it lands in the receiver's deuce court. The point continues
until one player fails to hit the ball back or puts it outside the
court dimensions. After the first point in the game is made, both
players move to the left and continue play from the advantage court.
They continue to alternate between courts after each point is made
until the game has been won.
Each game is divided into four scores:
15 (the first game point)
30 (the second)
40 (the third)
A tennis game actually consists of four points. If both players tie at
40-40, the next player to win a point will go to advantage and then to
game, according to tennis rules. This is called deuce, and the
win-by-two tennis rule have dominance. The server's score is always
given first. If a player has no score in a game, then he is at "love".
A full tennis game is called a match and a player wins a match by
winning either 2 out of the possible 3 sets
( http://dps.altdc3.va.twimm.net/usta_master/usta/doc/content/doc_13_4198.pdf )
( http://www.tennis4all.com/info/dictionary/ )
HELPFUL SITES ON THE NET:
Revolutionary Tennis - tennis instruction for both tennis pros and
recreational players. It explains ways to improve your tennis
strokes, your consistency, court coverage, and power with free tips
( http://www.revolutionarytennis.com/ )
How to Buy a Racket:
( http://www.racquetdepot.com/ )
How to buy Tennis Shoes:
How to Serve:
Tennis Welcome Center:
Tennis Instructions - Basics Of The Game
( http://www.jaamisracquet.net/instruction.htm )
Tennis Doubles Strategy and Tactics
( http://www.operationdoubles.com/ )
( http://www.racquetresearch.com/ )
United States Tennis Association ? Tennis Tips
( http://www.usta.com/lessonsandtips/home.sps?iType=935 )
( http://www.tennis4all.com/ )
Ask a Tennis Expert
( http://www.tennis4you.com/ask-experts/experts.htm )
Tennis Industry Resource Guide:
Listed by company name: ( http://www.tennisindustry.com/directory.html )
Listed by product: ( http://www.tennisindustry.com/category.html )
( http://www.trpros.com/ )
I hope this answers your question. If you would like clarification
before rating my answer, please do not hesitate to ask! Additionally,
if you would like more information on tennis clubs, associations or
retailers in your area, please let me know what city and state you are
in and I will do my best to find the information for you. Good luck!
Request for Answer Clarification by
19 Jul 2005 08:13 PDT
1. I want a more complete list of content rich tennis resources
currently online including websites, forums, newsgroups, and blogs.
2. I'm specifically interested in training, strategy, and tactics for
singles and want those sites identified.
4. I want links to tennis affiliate programs.
5. You have provided enough history, rules, and general information, thanks.
If further clarification is desired please let me know.
Thanks so much!