Tennis is an exciting racket game played between two or four players, and can be played by people of all ages, with the only equipment required for beginners being a racket and ball. Anybody able to hold a racket can play, including young children and people with disabilities.
The modern game of tennis as we know it was developed in Birmingham in the late 1800's, and the rules of the game have not changed much since then. A tennis match is determined through the winner of the best of 3 or 5 sets, and a set is made up of points and games. A game is won by the first player to reach 4 or more points, and at least 2 more than the opponent, with the points called 'love', 'fifteen', 'thirty' and 'forty'. A set consists of a sequence of games, and is won when a player reaches 6 games and at least 2 more than the opponent.
The overall match is won when one player wins either 2 out of 3 sets, or 3 out of 5 sets.
Tennis is a great way to get active, be it through a fast moving, competitive match, or just a leisurely game on a local court. There are lots of Tennis clubs, leisure centre facilities and local park tennis courts across Wiltshire and Swindon, providing plenty of opportunities for the whole family to get involved at any level.
More information on Tennis can be found on the Lawn Tennis Association National Governing Body.