Tennis is a competitive sport where single players (singles) or pairs of players (doubles) use corded rackets to hit a felt covered rubber ball over a central net onto the opponent’s court. Points are scored by hitting the tennis ball over the net in a way that the opponent is not able to return it.

Tennis matches are scored though a sequence of earning points, winning games, and winning sets. Four points and a two point margin over the opponent are needed to win a game. Points are named differently than the actual point count in the following way: Love (zero points), 15 (one point), 30 (two points), 40 (three points), Game (four points). A set is won by the first side that wins six games with a two game margin. Matches are played in a best-of-three or best-of-five set format.

When was tennis invented?

Modern tennis was invented as ‘lawn tennis’ in 1873 by Major Walter Wingfield. Wingfield was the first to introduce the net and net posts, rackets, and rubber balls, and instructions for laying out the court dimensions. Previously, tennis was played as a handball-like game called ‘Paume’ that was played by royalty.


How is tennis scored?

Tennis matches are made up of either three (women’s) or five (men’s) sets. To win a set, a player must win at least six games each that are scored by four points at intervals starting at 0 (love) and going up to 15, 30, 40, and game point.

How long is a tennis match?

The length of a tennis match varies considerably based on skill level and gender. Women’s matches last until a player wins three sets which can last up to three hours, but averages around two hours. Men’s matches are played to five sets and can last up to five hours with an average match time of three and a half hours.

Tennis

Tennis Ball
2.575”-2.7” | 6.54-6.86 cm (Diameter)
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Tennis Net
36” | 91.4 cm (Center); 42” | 106.7 cm (Net Post)
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3D model of a Tennis Net viewed in perspective

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Björn Borg

Björn Borg, born June 6, 1956, is a retired Swedish tennis player. He formerly held the No. 1 tennis player ranking, and between 1974 and 1981, he became the first man in the Open Era to win 11 Grand Slam titles. He was also the first male player to win five Wimbledon titles in the Open Era, and he is one of two male players, along with Roger Federer, to appear in French Open and Wimbledon finals for four consecutive years. Borg was a teenage sensation at the beginning of his career, and his unprecedented stardom and consistent success helped to rise the popularity of tennis during the 1970s.

Björn Borg has a height of 5’11” (1.80 m) and plays right-handed with a two-handed backhand. Borg was professionally active from 1973 to 1983.

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Björn Borg, born June 6, 1956, is a retired Swedish tennis player. He formerly held the No. 1 tennis player ranking, and between 1974 and 1981, he became the first man in the Open Era to win 11 Grand Slam titles. He was also the first male player to win five Wimbledon titles in the Open Era.

Björn Borg has a height of 5’11” (1.80 m) and plays right-handed with a two-handed backhand. Borg was professionally active from 1973 to 1983.

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Björn Borg
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Plays: Right-handed

Backhand: Two-Handed Backhand

Years Active: 1973-1983

Birthday
June 6, 1956

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Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi, born April 29, 1970, is a retired American tennis player. Agassi has been ranked No. 1, and he was the first male player to win all four Grand Slam tournaments on three different surfaces- hard, clay, and grass. He is an eight-time Grand Slam champion, a runner-up in seven other Grand Slam tournaments, and a 1996 Olympic gold medalist. During his 20-plus year tour career, Agassi was known by the nickname “The Punisher”. His strength was in dictating the play from the baseline, and he was able to consistently take the ball on the rise. Since 2001, Agassi has been married to fellow tennis player Steffi Graf.

Andre Agassi has a height of 5’11” (1.80 m) and plays right-handed with a two-handed backhand. Andre Agassi was professionally active from 1986 to 2006.

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Andre Agassi, born April 29, 1970, is a retired American tennis player. Agassi has been ranked No. 1, and he was the first male player to win all four Grand Slam tournaments on three different surfaces- hard, clay, and grass. He is an eight-time Grand Slam champion.

Andre Agassi has a height of 5’11” (1.80 m) and plays right-handed with a two-handed backhand. Andre Agassi was professionally active from 1986 to 2006.

Set of illustrations of Andre Agassi in various poses dimensioned with overall height
Andre Agassi
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Plays: Right-handed

Backhand: Two-Handed Backhand

Years Active: 1986-2006

Birthday
April 29, 1970

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Steffi Graf

Steffi Graf, born June 14, 1969, is a retired German tennis player. She was ranked world No. 1 for 377 weeks, and she won 22 Grand Slam titles, which ranks second since the introduction of the Open Era. Graf become the only tennis player to achieve the Golden Slam by winning all four Grand Slam singles titles and the Olympic gold medal in the same calendar year. Graf’s athleticism, ability, and aggressive game played from the baseline, have been credited to the development of the modern style of play. She is also considered instrumental in popularizing tennis in Germany. In 2001 Graf married former tennis player Andre Agassi.

Steffi Graf has a height of 5’9" (1.75 m) and plays right-handed with a one-handed backhand. Steffi Graf was professionally active from 1982 to 1999.

Collection of drawings of Rafael Nadal measured with overall height
Steffi Graf, born June 14, 1969, is a retired German tennis player. She was ranked world No. 1 for 377 weeks, and she won 22 Grand Slam titles, which ranks second since the introduction of the Open Era. Graf become the only tennis player to achieve the Golden Slam.

Steffi Graf has a height of 5’9" (1.75 m) and plays right-handed with a one-handed backhand. Steffi Graf was professionally active from 1982 to 1999.

Collection of drawings of Rafael Nadal measured with overall height
Steffi Graf
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Plays: Right-handed
Backhand: One-Handed Backhand

Years Active: 1982-1999

Birthday
June 14, 1969

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Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova, born April 19, 1987, is a retired Russian tennis player. While she played under the banner of Russia with the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), she has lived in and been a United States permanent resident since 1994. Sharapova has been ranked No. 1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions for a total of 21 weeks. She is one of ten women to hold the career Grand Slam, and she is also an Olympic medalist, having won the silver medal in women’s singles in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Maria Sharapova has a height of 6’2" (1.88 m) and plays right-handed with a two-handed backhand. Maria Sharapova was professionally active from 2001 to 2020.

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Maria Sharapova, born April 19, 1987, is a retired Russian tennis player. While she played under the banner of Russia with the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), she has lived in and been a United States permanent resident since 1994.

Maria Sharapova has a height of 6’2" (1.88 m) and plays right-handed with a two-handed backhand. Maria Sharapova was professionally active from 2001 to 2020.

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Maria Sharapova
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Plays: Right-handed

Backhand: Two-Handed Backhand

Years Active: 2001-2020

Birthday
April 19, 1987

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Tennis Ball

A Tennis Ball is a ball designed for the sport of tennis. At major sporting events Tennis Balls are a fluorescent yellow, but in recreational play, they can be virtually any color. A fibrous felt that modifies aerodynamic properties cover the ball, and each one has a white curvilinear oval.

To be approved for regulation play, Tennis Balls must conform to certain criteria for size, weight, deformation, and bounce. Due to cheaper labor costs and materials, the majority of Tennis Balls are manufactured in the Far East. Starting from the 1980s, Tennis Balls come in plastic cans with a full-top pull-tab seal and a plastic lid that fit three or four balls per can.

Tennis Balls have a diameter of 2.575”-2.7” (6.54-6.86 cm) and circumference of 8.09”-8.48” (20.6-21.5 cm). The mass of a Tennis Ball must be between 1.975-2.095 oz (56-59.4 g).

Dimensioned elevation drawing of a Tennis Ball measured with diameter and circumference
A Tennis Ball is a ball designed for the sport of tennis. At major sporting events Tennis Balls are a fluorescent yellow, but in recreational play, they can be virtually any color. A fibrous felt that modifies aerodynamic properties cover the ball, and each one has a white curvilinear oval.

Tennis Balls have a diameter of 2.575”-2.7” (6.54-6.86 cm) and circumference of 8.09”-8.48” (20.6-21.5 cm). The mass of a Tennis Ball must be between 1.975-2.095 oz (56-59.4 g).

Dimensioned elevation drawing of a Tennis Ball measured with diameter and circumference
Tennis Ball
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1.975-2.095 oz | 56-59.4 g
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Circumference: 8.09”-8.48” | 20.6-21.5 cm

Materials: Rubber core; wool or nylon shell

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