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Tennis Rules Simplified

The rules of tennis are quite simple. The game itself is complex. "

Rule 1. Opponents stand on opposite sides of the court. The player who delivers the ball to start the point is called the server. The player who stands opposite and cross-court from the server is the receiver.

Rule 2. The right to serve, receive, choose your side, or give the opponent these choices is decided by a toss of a coin or racquet. If the choice of service or receiver is chosen, the opponent chooses which side to start.

Rule 3. The server shall stand behind the baseline on the deuce court within the boundaries of the singles court when playing singles and within the doubles sideline when playing doubles. All even points are played from the deuce court and odd number points played from the advantage court. The server shall not serve until the receiver is ready. Serves are made from the deuce court to the opponents service box on the deuce court. Advantage court to advantage box. If the server misses his target twice, he loses the point. If the ball hits the net and goes in the correct service box, another serve is granted. If the server steps on the baseline before contact is made, the serve is deemed a fault.

Rule 4. The receiver is deemed ready if an attempt is made to return the server’s ball. The receiver can stand where he likes but must let the ball bounce in the service box. If the ball does not land in the service box, it is deemed a fault and a second serve is given. If the ball is hit by either opponent before the ball bounces, the server wins the point.

Rule 5. The server always calls his score first. If the server wins the first point, he gets a score of 15. Scoring is done like a clock. See example below. Love means zero in tennis. The second point is called 30. The third point is called 45 (now-a-days known as 40) and game is won when the score goes back to love. If the score is 40-40, also known as deuce, one side must win by two points. Advantage-In means if the server wins the next point, he wins the game. Advantage-Out means the receiver has a chance to win the game on the next point.

LOVE 15-30-40

Rule 5. After the game, the opponents serve. Games equal 1. The first to win 6 games, by two, wins the set. The first to win 2 sets wins the match. If the score is 6-6, a tie-breaker is played. This is scored by one’s. The first team to score 7 points winning by two wins the set. The tiebreaker continues until one side wins by two. Hence, Game-Set-Match.

Rule 6. If the ball goes into the net, or outside the boundaries of the court, the player who hit that ball loses the point. If the ball hits the net during the point and goes into the opponents court, the ball is in play. A player loses the point if he touches the net, drops his racquet while hitting the ball, bounces the ball over the net, hits a part of the surroundings such as the roof, or a tree, the ball touches him or his partner, he deliberately tries to distract the opponent.

Rule 7. A let is called during the point if a ball rolls on the court or there is a distraction from someone besides the players on the court.

Rule 8. A ball that lands on the line is good.

Rule 9. If players serve out of turn or serve to the wrong person or court, the point or game will stand and order will be resumed following the point or game.

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Andy Murray: I will put everything into winning a Grand Slam title

ANDY MURRAY last night insisted he will put everything into achieving his one remaining goal - winning a Grand Slam title.

The Scot’s heroic run to the US Open Final ended in a comprehensive straightsets defeat to Roger Federer.

But Murray knows how far he has come and how close he is to triumphing in one of tennis’ big four.

The 21-year-old arrived in New York as a young star with the potential to win the biggest prizes in the sport but leaves as a seasoned campaigner.

Murray said: "I was effectively three sets away from winning a Grand Slam which is much closer than I was at this time last year and I’ve worked very hard to get to this stage.

"Winning a Slam is really the only goal I have left for myself. I’m going to have work harder, improve my game and get physically stronger if I’m going to do that.

"I think I’ll definitely take the way I dealt with things this week into future Grand Slam tournaments.

"You have to be boring for a few weeks just to be professional. You do all the right things, take all the other elements out of the game and focus on tennis."

Murray coped impressively with the hype surrounding his two weeks in the Big Apple.

No matter how many milestones he hit - reaching his first semi-final and final at this level and beating Rafael Nadal for the first time - he didn’t take his eye off the ball.

Murray said: "You can get let it get to you and you can definitely get involved in all the stuff that surrounds doing well in a big tournament.

"But I’ve not turned my computer on at all since I’ve been here and I’ve just got a new phone so not too many people have my number.

"I’ve kind of been a bit shielded from it all but I’m sure when I get back home I’ll have a better understanding of everything and what it means." Murray already understands what he has to do to win a Grand Slam - and knows there is much to be done.

He has moved up to No.4 in the world rankings but only the top will do for Murray now and to get there he has to win the big titles.

Murray has proved to himself and his rivals that he has the mental and physical stamina to take on the world’s best over the course of seven best-of-five-set matches in two weeks.

He said: "It’s my game and my physique that I’m going to work on most. If you get too caught up in the rankings you lose focus on your training.

"The most important thing is that if you put in the work off the court and in training the results will come and the points will take care of themselves. I’ll just try to stay focused off the court.

"I think it will come with age and maturity and understanding your game and understanding how to play against the best players.

"I got killed by Novak Djokovic quite a few times and it’s only been recently I’ve understood how to play against him and figured out how to beat the top guys.

"This year I’ve beaten Federer, Djokovic, Nadal, Nikolay Davydenko and Stanislas Wawrinka a few times and those guys are all in the top 10. I guess I just need to do it in the big tournaments now and this was the first time I’ve done it."

The disappointment of losing the final will take time to subside but Murray has loved every minute of his time in Flushing Meadows.

As well as taking personal and professional pride in his achievements, he has also relished being the toast of New York for two weeks.

Murray said: "To play in front of a 23,000 crowd like that - it was packed out there - against Federer and be three sets away from winning a US Open is a good effort at my age.

"But I don’t want to be remembered for losing in the final. I want to win one of these tournaments and I’m going to try my hardest to do it.

"I think beating Nadal in the semi-final was probably the biggest achievement for me. It was such a big match and with what happened with the rain and being down in the fourth set as well. I think that was mentally huge for me.

"In the past, I might not have come back from going behind in the fourth set but this time I did it. I played aggressively and took the ball on and did what I had to do to win."

Murray takes home a cheque for Û1million - Û750,000 for reaching the final plus a Û250,000 bonus for finishing second in the US Open Series, the run of events that lead up to New York.

Girlfriend Kim Sears may have a few ideas on how to spend the cash but Murray isn’t planning to paint the town red. He said: "I’m sure Kim will have a few things in mind. I’m sure I’ll end up doing something with it but I’ll try to make a sound investment with it, hopefully."

So, after the best fortnight of his career, what’s next for Murray? He said: "I’ll go back and see my dog - or rather me and my girlfriend’s dog. I’ve been away for three weeks now so I’ll go and walk the dog."

It may sound a bit boring but as Murray has learned over the last couple of weeks, if something needs to be done then he is going to do it.

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Jelena Jankovic puts her studies on hold

LONDON, June 19 (Reuters) - Jelena Jankovic’s books are starting to gather dust while she concentrates on a tennis career she almost gave up on and puts her studies on hold.

The Serbian is in her second year of a business degree but has found little time to study now that she has reached number three in the world and has her sights set on next week’s Wimbledon.

"Nowadays I’m a little bit behind because I’ve been doing very well on the court and I’ve been very concentrated on my tennis," the 22-year-old told Reuters in an interview.

"I will try to study little by little — my ambition is to finish."

She came close to quitting the sport last year but since then has shot up the rankings after a run of good results.

Jankovic reached the semi-finals of Roland Garros earlier this month and then tuned up for Wimbledon by defeating Maria Sharapova in the final of the Birmingham Classic on Sunday, capturing her fourth title of 2007.

Her bid to reach a grand slam final has twice been thwarted by world number one Justine Henin and so Jankovic is hoping to avoid playing the Belgian in southwest London.

"I think I have the best chance on grass against her so maybe I can be on the other side (of the draw) and meet her in the final," she said

"I love playing on grass. I feel confident on this surface so hopefully I can play the best game and do well."

ATTITUDE CHANGE

Jankovic said her rise up the Sony Ericsson WTA rankings had come after she started working hard on the physical side of her game and also altered her mental approach.

"I’ve changed my attitude and I look at things in a positive way," she said.

"I always try to learn, I don’t try to look for excuses when I lose a match, I try to analyse my mistakes and what I can do better to keep improving and becoming a better player each time."

Jankovic was one of three Serbians to reach the semi-finals in Paris. Asked if they could repeat the feat at Wimbledon, she said: "I hope it will be like that there, we will try our best."

If she continues to perform like she has this year, it could be a while before she returns to university or embarks on the alternative career she has earmarked.

"I really love acting and that is maybe something after my tennis career that I would like to pursue."

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A Tennis Racket Can Make Or Break Your Game

Tennis RacketYou are in love with the game of tennis and can not get enough of it. Starting off in school learning to play on basic gym equipment was the beginning-then in college you made sure that you took tennis as your required physical education classes.

The time has now come for you to get your own personal equipment and you want to get a tennis racket of your very own. To make a personal statement to everyone that you have come of age, are serious about this sport, and want to compete with your friends evenings and weekends.

What type of tennis racket are you going to purchase? They vary in length, weight, and head size, and you will need to figure out which one is the best for you. Think back to your beginnings playing this sport-what did you like or dislike about the different tennis rackets you used. This can be a starting point to begin narrowing down your choices.

A very important component for the tennis racket is the head size as the power behind your swings is directly affected. A larger head will give you with more power than a small head and also provides you with a larger hitting area making it a little easier to hit the ball. Generally speaking, a smaller racket head appeals to more accomplished players seeking more control, while larger rackets appeal to beginning and intermediate players seeking more power and a larger head.

They range in length from 27-29 inches with most people selecting the 27 inch ones. However, a longer handle provides more reach on ground strokes, adds leverage on serves, and slightly more power, than one with a standard length.

The weight has also been reduced making them lighter and easier to hold.
If you have friends or co-workers that also play, ask them about the type they use and why. They will enjoy talking to you about the sport and in providing you with information and advise. And, there is nothing more flattering than to ask someone for their opinion on a topic that they really enjoy and believe that they are an expert in.

Some of these people might even loan you some of their equipment so that you can try it out and find out whether or not you like it. No matter what your preference for a tennis racket is, you have to find the best one that meets your needs. This may even mean renting them and testing them out for a few games. This is probably the best way to have an opportunity to use many different types, styles, models and different manufacturers without spending a lot of money on ones that will just end up collecting dust in the closet.

Get out and play every weekend. The exercise is good, you will meet new people, and be out in the fresh air. This is much better than spending your weekend sitting in front of the television or going to the office to catch up on work.

Enjoy yourself, life is too short.

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Wimbledon Agrees to Equal Prize Money

By KRYSTYNA RUDZKI
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -After years of holding out against equal prize money, Wimbledon bowed to public pressure Thursday and agreed to pay women players as much as the men at the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament.

The All England Club announced at a news conference that it had decided to fall into line with other Grand Slam events and offer equal pay through all rounds at this year’s tournament.

"Tennis is one of the few sports in which women and men compete in the same event at the same time," club chairman Tim Phillips said. "We believe our decision to offer equal prize money provides a boost for the game as a whole and recognizes the enormous contribution that women players make to the game and to Wimbledon.

"In short, good for tennis, good for women players and good for Wimbledon."

Last year, men’s champion Roger Federer received $1.170 million and women’s winner Amelie Mauresmo got $1.117 million.

 
The U.S. Open and Australian Open have paid equal prize money for years. The French Open paid the men’s and women’s champions the same for the first time last year, although the overall prize fund remained bigger for the men.

The head of the French Tennis Federation, Jean-Francois Vilotte, suggested that the French Open could follow Wimbledon’s example, though no decision is expected before the federation’s next meeting March 16.

Equal pay is on the agenda for that meeting.

The federation "doesn’t plan to sit on the decisions of 2006," Vilotte told the AP by telephone.

Equal pay "is an important recognition of the quality and exemplarity of women’s tennis," Vilotte said.

Phillips said the Wimbledon committee met Monday and agreed unanimously "that the time is right to bring this subject to a logical conclusion and eliminate the difference."

He said "broader social factors" played a part in the decision.

"This is a private tennis club," Phillips said. "We don’t have public funds given to us each year. We have to justify the decisions we make. This year we’ve made our judgment and judged it on what we believe to be the best for Wimbledon."

This year’s prize fund will be released in April, but Wimbledon said the money will be equal "across the board" for the June 25-July 8 grass-court championships, not just in the later rounds or final.

It will cost Wimbledon around $1.1 million to ensure equal prize money throughout the draw. Wimbledon will fund it from the operating costs of the tournament, rather than reduce the overall purse.

The WTA Tour has lobbied for years to get Wimbledon to drop its "Victorian-era view" and pay the women the same as the men.

"This is an historic and defining moment for women in the sport of tennis, and a significant step forward for the equality of women in our society," WTA Tour chief executive Larry Scott said. "We commend the leadership of Wimbledon for its decisive action in recognizing the progress that women’s tennis has made."

The top women’s players have also been at the forefront of the campaign.

"The greatest tennis tournament in the world has reached an even greater height today," three-time champion Venus Williams said. "I applaud today’s decision by Wimbledon, which recognizes the value of women’s tennis. The 2007 Championships will have even greater meaning and significance to me and my fellow players."

Among others welcoming the move was former six-time singles champion Billie Jean King, a pioneer for women’s sports.

"This news has been a long time coming," she said. "Wimbledon is one of the most respected events in all of sports and now with women and men paid on an equal scale, it demonstrates to the rest of the world that this is the right thing to do for the sport, the tournament and the world."

The All England Club has gradually reduced the pay gap over the years, but held out against equal prizes as a matter of principle.

Phillips had cited surveys showing that men give better value than the women. The men play best-of-five set matches, while the women play best of three. Also, the women make more money overall because they also play in doubles, while the top men usually play only singles.

"It just doesn’t seem right to us that the lady players could play in three events and could take away significantly more than the men’s champion who battles away through these best-of-five matches," Phillips said last year. "We don’t see it as an equal rights issue."

The unequal pay policy goes back 123 years. When the women started playing at Wimbledon in 1884, the female champion received a silver flower basket worth 20 guineas, while the men’s winner got a gold prize worth 30 guineas.

"When you’ve got men and women playing at the same tournament, it is ludicrous to have a difference in pay," three-time men’s champion John McEnroe told The Daily Telegraph. "It would be setting an example to the rest of society in general to have equal prize money."

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