How to Serve Tennis Like a Pro

How to serve tennis like a pro? If you are a beginner or just starting to learn the game, then this guide is for you. We will cover the basics of how to serve, what equipment you need, and some tips to help you improve your game.


This guide will teach you the proper way to serve a tennis ball like a professional. In tennis, the serve is the most important shot. It is the only time in the game when you have complete control over where the ball goes. With a proper serve, you can put your opponent on the defensive and take control of the game.

There are two main types of serves in tennis: the flat serve and the spin serve. The flat serve is hit hard and fast with little or no spin, while the spin serve is hit with more topspin or backspin to make it dip and bounce erratically. Each type of serve has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to know when to use each one.

The Basic Rules of Tennis

If you’re new to tennis, or just need a refresher on the basics, look no further! This guide will cover all of the basic rules of tennis so that you can get out on the court and start playing. Tennis is a great game for all ages and can be played by anyone.

The Court

All tennis courts have the same basic dimensions. For singles, the court is 78 feet long and 27 feet wide. The service line is 21 feet from the back fence, and the baseline is 36 feet from the back fence. The singles alleys, which are not used in doubles, are 6.5 feet wide.

For doubles, the court dimensions and layout are the same, but each player only has half of the court to play to. This means that the service line is only 17.5 feet from the back fence, and that each player only has half of an alley (3.25 feet) to play to.

The Ball

In tennis, the ball can bounce anywhere on the court except on the baseline or in the service boxes. After a ball bounces in the court, it must be hit before it bounces a second time. If you hit the ball into the net, it’s called a “let” and you get to hit again. If the ball hits any part of the court except the net, it’s called a “fault.”

You have two chances to hit a good serve. If you fault twice in a row, your opponent wins the point.

To start each point, one player serves from behind the baseline into their opponent’s service box. The server must stand behind the baseline until they hit the ball. After hitting the ball, they can move anywhere around the court.

The Racquets

The size of a tennis racquet is classified by its head size, which is the measurement of the sweet spot on the strings. The sweet spot is that area on the strings where, when hit, produces the best results for both power and control. The head size of an adult tennis racquet typically falls between 85 and 135 square inches. For children’s racquets, head sizes range from 50 to 70 square inches. Larger head sizes mean more power but less control, while smaller head sizes provide more control but less power. Ultimately, it is up to the player to determine what balance of power and control they prefer in their game.

While beginners may find it easiest to start with a larger head size for more forgiveness on off-center hits, intermediate and advanced players will likely prefer a smaller head size for increased maneuverability and precision. Players with longer swings may also prefer a smaller racquet head size in order to generate more spin on their shots.

Scoring in Tennis


When one player has zero points, this is called “love”. In other words, when the score is 0-0, it’s called “love-all”. When one player has one point and the other has zero, we say that the score is “15-love”, where the number before the hyphen signifies the number of points that player has earned. So “15-love” means that the first player has scored one point and the second player has yet to score a point.


In tennis, a score of fifteen is when the player’s score is ’15’. In other words, they have won one point. If the score is ’15-0′, this means the player has won one point and their opponent has not scored any points. The next point scored will be ’30’.

If the score is ’15-30′, this means the opponent has won two points and the player has only won one. The next point scored will be ’30-30′ (also known as ‘deuce’). Deuce is when both players have won three points each and the score is tied at ’40-40′.

The next point scored will give one player an advantage. For example, if the player scores the next point, their score will be ‘advantage in’ or simply ‘advantage’. Their opponent’s score will remain at ’40’. If the opponents scores the next point, their score will be advantage out or simply advantage. The player’s score would remain at 40. Advantage can also be called game point as it represents an opportunity for a player to win that particular game by scoring just one more point.

If a player Scores while they have advantage, they win that particular game and their current game Score returns to zero (0). If the player with advantage loses the next point, their Score returns to deuce and they no longer have any advantage. The winner of four games wins a set in tennis.


In tennis, “thirty” means you have 30 points. It’s the second-highest score you can have in a game, and it happens when you win four points in a row.

After you win the first point, your score is “fifteen.” If you win the next point, your score is “thirty.” The next two points are called “forty” and “game.”

If both players have thirty, it’s called “deuce” and whoever wins the next point gets to serve for the game.


In tennis, “forty” refers to the score of 3–3 in games. If one player has won three points and the other player has won two points, the score is “thirty-forty”. If the leading player wins the next point, the score may be announced as “one game all”, or more formally, as “the set is tied at one game each”. A match consists of a sequence of sets. The outcome of a set is determined through a best of three or five games system (depending on retirement rules in effect) with tiebreakers if necessary until a clear winner is determined.

How to Serve Tennis

When serving tennis, there are a few techniques you can use to up your game. If you are a beginner, you might want to try the soft serve. This is when you hit the ball softly so that it bounces high. This can be helpful if your opponent is trying to hit the ball hard. Another technique is the slice serve, which is when you hit the ball with a slicing motion. This can make it difficult for your opponent to return the ball.

The Continental Grip

The Continental grip is the most popular grip for serving in tennis. To adopt this grip, first hold the racket in your non-dominant hand and place your hand on the very top of the handle. Then, wrap your dominant hand around the handle, making sure that your palm is facing down and that your thumb and index finger are together on one side of the handle. This grip gives you more control over your shots and is best suited for players who have a strong backhand.

The Eastern Grip

The Eastern grip is the most popular way to hit a forehand, and it’s also the simplest. This grip is comfortable for many players and allows for a wide range of strokes. The Eastern grip is used for all strokes except the backhand slices.

To execute an Eastern grip, simply arrange your hand so that your palm faces the direction that you want the ball to go. For a right-handed player, this would mean pointing your palm to the right side of the court. Your racket should then be placed in your hand so that you are able to hold it using all four fingers and your thumb. You should not be using your index finger at all.

One common mistake that beginners make is called “racket head lag.” This happens when you allow your racket head to fall behind your hand as you swing. This will result in a loss of power and accuracy. To avoid this, make sure that you keep the racket head in front of your hand throughout the entire stroke.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you should always try to hit the ball in the sweet spot of your racket. The sweet spot is the area on the strings that provides the most power and control. It’s generally located in the middle of the face If you hit the ball outside of the sweet spot, you will lose some power and accuracy.

The Western Grip

One of the most popular grips in tennis, the Western Grip is named after its inventor, W.C. Moody, who used it to great success in the late 19th century. The Western Grip is characteristically used by baseline players who use topspin to keep their opponents at bay. To assume the Western grip, simply place your hand on your racket as if you were shaking hands with it, then twist your hand until the palm faces backward. Generally, only your index finger and middle finger should be touching the racket.


Now that you know the different types of serves, you can start practicing and incorporating them into your game. Remember, there is no perfect way to serve, so experiment with different techniques and find what works best for you. With a little practice, you’ll be serving like a pro in no time!

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