# How Is Tennis Scored – How To Keep Score In Tennis The Right Way

## Tennis Scoring

It is the oddest things in all of sports. A touchdown is worth 6 (7 with Point After Try) points but it a little more the twice as valuable as a field goal. Basketball a basket is 2 points or if it is far enough away worth 3 points. In baseball when you score a run it is always worth 1 point no matter what. Makes sense…

So why in tennis is there 15, 30, then 40, the game, then you  have to win 6 games to win a set, then you need win best 2-3 sets to win the match (Grand Slams for Men is best 3-5)? Oh and lets no forget that “LOVE” means Zero in tennis?!?!

## “LOVE” Means Zero in Tennis

Let’s explain how the scoring works before we get into the fun myths.
The match starts out at 0-0 or Love Love. The Server always calls the score and says his/her score first. Whoever is elected to serve first, usually done by either a coin flip or the spin of a racquet, (W or M on a Wilson racquet for example), will serve the entire game to completion.
You need to win 4 points (win by two) to win the game.

## A Game In Tennis

15 = 1 point
30 = 2 points
40 = 3 points
Deuce = 40-40
Ad In = Advantage the server (meaning the server is one point away from winning the game and the returning needs to win the point to get it back to deuce)
Ex. 30-15 means the game score is 2 points to 1. 40 – Love is 3 points to 0. 15-40 means 1 point to 3.
After the first game you switch sides, then alternate serves every game. After the first game you switch sides every two games. You need to win 6 Games (win by two) to win the Set.

## A Set In Tennis

If there is a tie at 6-6, the set goes into a Tie Breaker to 7 points, win by two. The first person serves once, then you alternate every two serves after that switching sides at 6 total points in the tiebreaker (3-3, 4-2, etc.) The Rules reset into the next set and whoever is suppose to serve next will start the set serving the new set.
You must win 2 sets before the other person does. There is no time limit as with basketball or football, but only when someone has won by 2, they win The Match.
So now that you know the rules, why do tennis plays so 15 and 30 and 40 and Love… Well I’m very excited to answer that question. There are some fun myths about it!