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How to Play Tennis  

If you think tennis is a hard and difficult game to learn –

The Best Tennis Tips

For years the established ways of teaching tennis have made the game a complicated and a long winded process. Here we will show you some simple tennis tips on how to play tennis using the MTI Method that will greatly accelerate the learning process and understanding of the game for you.

Tennis Techniques 

There are 4 main secrets to mastering tennis with the MTI Method… aka T T F F  

1. (T) Tracking – The stalking of the ball with your racquet

2. (T) Timing – Striking the ball at the correct time in relation to your body

3. (F) Feel – Becoming one with the ball and feeling what you are doing to it with spin 

4. (F) Finish – The correct racquet finish to the action you are imparting on the ball

Get these fundamentals right on all your strokes and you are long way down the road to success with tennis. 

The MTI Method makes the learning process so much easier because it allows you to progress a step at a time without being aware of the complicated techniques you are mastering in the meantime…

Watch below to see a summary of how simply we teach these strokes

"Tennis can be easy to learn if you
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How to Play Tennis quickly and easily 

Tennis Serve

The service action is based upon a throwing action and a lot of players find this hard shot to learn.

Watch this short summary of how to serve in tennis and see how easy it is to create a serve…


Tennis Forehand

The majority of people’s main and favoured shot in tennis.

Here we show you how to track, time, feel and finish the stroke in double quick time.

Follow these simple steps and you’ll have a topspin forehand like the pros in next to no time. 


Tennis Backhand (2 choices)

One Handed Topspin Backhand

Here we show you how easily you can hit most players least confident shot in tennis quickly and easily.

The one handed backhand is a great favourite with some of the top men players these days.

Whereas there are only few of the top lady players using the one handed topspin backhand... we say try both and see which one is most natural to you!

Two Handed Topspin Backhand

You can discover whether a single or a double handed backhand suits you best by copying these simple steps… 

The two-hander can be just the shot to give confidence to new players plus can be a very powerful weapon in your tennis armoury as you progress


Tennis Volleys 

This shot is fast becoming a lost art in modern tennis…but it shouldn’t be! It’s so much fun and so easy to do… 


Tennis Smash

The killer shot! How to put away the high lobs that opponents throw at you.  


Tennis Scoring

A tennis match is made up of sets, games and points.

The most popular format of a tennis match is the best of 3 sets.

A set is the first player or players to reach 6 games with a 2 game advantage e.g. 6-2, or 6-4 or 7-5. If the score reaches 6-6 then a tiebreaker is played (See how to play a tiebreaker)

The Points in each game is scored thus… 
(Remember LOVE means zero in tennis!)

You start at 0-0 = Love all
If you are serving and keep winning points the score will go like this…

15-0 = Fifteen-love
30-0 = Thirty-love
40-0 Forty-love

Win the next point and you have won a game, so the set score would be 1-0 to you and your opponent would serve next.

Please note… the servers score is always called first.  

If you win the first point of your opponents service game the score would be…

0-15 = Love-fifteen

If they win the next point then the point score would be

15 -15 = Fifteen-all

If the server wins the next point then the points score would be

30-15 = Thirty-fifteen
or if you the returner win that point instead it would be...
15–30 = Fifteen-thirty

30-30 = Thirty-all

40-30 = Forty-thirty
30-40 = Thirty-forty

40-40 = Deuce

Ad-40 = Advantage Server
40-40 = Deuce
40-Ad = Advantage Returner


For a full interpretation you can download the basic rules of tennis here.

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How to Play a Tiebreaker 

A tiebreaker is normally played when the score reaches 6 games all.

The winner is the player to reach 7 points first with a 2 point lead e.g. 7-5 or 7-4 etc. If the score gets to 6-6 in the tiebreak then the winner will be the player or doubles team that gains a 2 point lead first from that point onwards… e.g. 8-6, 9-7 or 10-8 etc. 

Vital things to remember in a Tiebreaker… 

You always start from the right court. Why? Because it’s the right side to start from!  

Even score = right court!
When the score is even e.g. 0-0 or 1-1 or 0-4 the players are serving and returning from the right court. 

Odd score = Left Court
When the score is odd e.g. 0-1 or 2-1 or 1-4 the players are serving and returning from the left court. 

Server changes = Left Court
The first point is played from the right and the server only gets to serve for one point. 

After that each player plays 2 points on his or her serve before changing server 

When you have played 6 points you must change ends of the court. Once another 6 points are played you change ends again. Repeating every 6 points. 

Tennis Terms (A few of many) 

Love = Zero 
Tram lines = the two lines either side of the court which outline the area that doubles is played in.

Deuce = 40-40 (forty-all)  

Baseline – Where servers serve from. It’s the back line of the court 

Service Line – The line that servers can serve to and is the line that crosses the court horizontally 

Centre Service Line - is the line that divides the service line into service boxes 
Foot fault – When a server steps on or over the line before they hit their serve. 

Ace – Is a serve that is not touched by your opponent and is a clean winner 

Second Serve – Each player gets 2 chances at serving and this is obviously the second one

Let Serve – Is a serve that gets replayed as it has clipped the net on the way over and lands in the correct service box 

There are literally hundreds and hundreds of tennis terms, with many new ones being created all the time. If you would like to know more please click here to download a PDF of the latest tennis terms jargon buster...