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An Outline of the Rules of Real Tennis
- Scoring is as in lawn tennis. To win a game a player needs
to win four points and, usually (but not if playing off a
handicap adjustment), to be at least two points ahead of his
opponent. The first player to win six games wins the set
(usually - but sometimes sets are played as first to 8 or 9
games) but it is not necessary to be ahead by two games; the
eleventh game is decisive (or the 15th or 17th).
- It is
the score of the player who won the last point that is called
first. (This is different to lawn tennis).
- Service is only from one end of the court.
- For the
service to be correct: The ball must touch the half of the side
penthouse at the receiver's end; the ball may also touch the
side penthouse at the server's end and/or the side wall. The
first bounce of the ball must be on or beyond the service line
at the hazard end (the receiver's end). The server must stand
further from the net than the second gallery line. The ball
must go over the net but it can first strike the wall or the
side penthouse at the striker's end.
- The ball is out if it strikes the side walls above the
marked limits or hits one of the rafters or lights.
ball entering the dedans, the grille, or the winning gallery
wins a stroke for the striker.
- A ball entering any other opening at the end opposite the
striker, or bouncing twice on the floor at the end opposite the
striker, records a chase at the mid-point of the opening or at
the point of the second bounce, as appropriate. There is no
change to the score. If the score is within one point of game
or if two chases have been laid, the players change ends (and
service) and the chases are played in the order in which they
occurred. The player who has not laid the chase has to win the
chase by ensuring that the second bounce of his or her return
is nearer the back wall than the chase being played.
- The gallery posts are considered to be part of the gallery
nearer the net.
- The stone sides of the openings are not considered to be
part of the opening.
- Hitting the net post loses the