While in most sports, it is fairly clear how the scoring and scoring process works, in tennis, it is usually not. For someone without knowledge of tennis, it can be quite difficult to understand what is happening during a match and what the score is.

But what exactly causes it to be easier for someone to follow a soccer match than a tennis match?

A tennis match is composed of a number of scoring units. These are points, games, and sets. This alone makes it a lot more complicated compared to many other sports.

In order for you to be able to follow a tennis match properly and understand the scoring process, I am going to explain the scoring units to you.


We start with the basics of point scoring in tennis. However, this is already something that many people have trouble understanding.

Points are in tennis the lowest scoring unit. Players must win points to then win games. When players have won enough games, they win a set, and then when enough sets are won, they win the match.

Whereas in most sports, the scoring starts with 1, 2, 3, etc., this is not the case in tennis.

In tennis, counting is done with 0, 15, 30, and 40. Both players start with a 0 score. When a first point is won, the score will move to 15-0.

When both players have won three points, the score is 40-40. To make things even more complicated, a game can only be won when there is a two-point difference in the score.

If the score were 40-30, and the player in front won another point, they would win the game since there is at least a two-point difference in the score.

Where normally, after the 40 score the game is won, this is not the case with a 40-40 score, as in that case, there will be only one point difference in the score.

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Therefore, in the case of 40-40, deuce is played. When a player wins the next point at a 40-40 score, they will move to the advantage score, the score will be Ad-40.

If the same player also wins the next point, they also win the game, since in that case, there is again a point difference of two. However, when the other player wins the next point, the player with advantage, will go back to the 40 score, bringing the score back to 40-40.

Thus, in the case of a deuce score (40-40), there must always be a player who wins two consecutive points, to win the game.


Fortunately, the scoring of games is a lot easier than the counting of points. You now know when a player wins a game in tennis.

Games are thus constructed, as it were, of all separate points.

The number of games is simply counted in tennis with 1, 2, 3, etc. This is in contrast to the strange way the points are counted.

Games are the second lowest scoring unit in tennis. Where points act as the building blocks to win games, games act as the building blocks to win sets.

A player needs a certain number of games won to win a set. How many games are needed for this I will explain to you in the subheading on sets.


Sets are the highest scoring unit in tennis. When a player has won enough sets, they will win the match.

To win a set, a player must basically win 6 games. However, it is also the case that there must be a minimum of two games difference, just like winning a game.

When the score is 6-4 in games, the set will have been won since there is a two games difference in the score.

However, it can also be the case that both players win their first five games; the score would then be 5-5 in games. If either player wins the next game, the score will be 6-5, meaning there is only a difference of one game in the score.

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If the same player also wins the next game, they win the set with a score of 7-5 in games. This is because a difference of two games has been created.

However, if the other player wins the next set, the score will become 6-6 in games. In this case, a tiebreak will have to be played to determine which player wins the set.

During a tiebreak, the count is 1, 2, 3, etc. The player who is first to win 7 points in the tiebreak will win the set. However, it is also the case here that the tiebreak must be won with a two points difference.

For example, a tiebreak result could be 7-5, but it could also be 14-12, for example. A tiebreak will continue until there is a two-point difference.

Now that you know how a player can win a set, it is also important to know how many sets are needed to win a match.

Tennis is played in most cases in a best-of-three format. This means that the player who manages to win two sets first wins the match. The match results in sets will then be 2-0 or 2-1.

However, during Grand Slams, men play a best-of-five match format. In this case, a player wins the match when he is the first to win three sets. The Match results in sets will then be 3-0, 3-1, or 3-2.

Do you want to know more about sets in tennis? Check out the site set in tennis,

where everything is explained to you in detail.

To summarize:

I hope this article will give you a better understanding of what a tennis match is made up of and how the scoring is done.

This way you can enjoy watching the next tennis match more.