Keeping score
Different scoring systems may be used depending on the tournament.

First player to reach 6 games by 2. If the score reaches 6-6, players should play a 7-point tiebreaker to determine the winner of the set. (7-6)

2 out of 3 set match
First player to win 2 out of 3 sets.

8 Game Pro-Set
An 8 Game pro-set is a race to 8 games. The first player to win 8 games wins the match. If the score reaches 7-7, a 7-point tiebreaker is played to determine the winner.

Regular scoring
15, 30, 40, game. If the score reaches 40-40 or deuce you must win 2 consecutive points to win the game. Regular scoring is used in DPTA tournaments.

No-ad scoring
The first player to win 4 points wins the game. If the score reaches 3-3 or deuce, the returner has the choice of which service box he or she would like to return serve from. This is the scoring format used in ZAT tournaments.

7 Point Tie-Breaker
This is considered the last game of a set or a match if the score reaches 6-6 or 7-7 in an 8 game pro-set. The first player to reach 7 points with a 2-point margin is the winner. The first point is served to the deuce court. Players alternate serving 2 points each after the first point serving to the ad court first and the deuce court second.

9 Point Tie-Breaker
Not played very often but this sudden death tiebreaker is played to 5. Players alternate serving 2 points each and if needed the last server serves the remaining 3 points.

10 Point Tie-Breaker
In lieu of a third set in ZAT tournaments. This is played in the same format as a 7 Point Tie-Breaker.

Changing ends
Players should change ends of the court on odd number games.

Spinning the racquet
One player should spin the racquet on the ground and the other player should call up or down before the warm-up. The winner has four choices. 1. To serve 2. To receive 3. Side of the court 4. You can make the other player choose.

Calling out the score
Call out the score before each point. It is the server’s responsibility to call out the score. If your opponent is not calling out the score, call it yourself. If you and your opponent loose track of the score, meet at the net and back track points. If you still cannot remember the score, go back to the last point where you and your opponent can agree on the score and begin playing again from that point.

If you are playing on a tennis court with scorekeepers attached to the net post be sure to use them. Many tennis matches have been lost because of the game score being called out incorrectly.

Bad calls
Expect some bad calls during a match, even the pros get bad calls with line judges. If you get a bad call question your opponent. If bad calls continue, consider asking the tournament director for a line judge.

It is against the rules to coach your child during a match or on changeovers. Coaching is permitted between the second and third set and during rain delays.

Tournament tennis bag
Jump rope
Practice balls
Ice pack, band aids
Energy bars
Grip overwraps
Spare racquets
Cell phone
USTA card
Walkman, Gameboy, reading material

Tournament suggestions
Re-check playing time
Inspect your racquet strings and grips
Arrive early, give yourself plenty of time to warm-up, stretch and familiarize yourself with the surroundings
Scout your next opponent (if possible)
Hot weather conditions – wear white clothing
Cold weather conditions – wear layers – you can always take clothing off
Water jug – write mental or inspirational notes on it with a permanent maker
Wear Shorts with pockets
Cap, visor, sunglasses
Remember to always carry a change of clothes and shoes

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