What Is a Double Fault in Tennis?

What is a double fault in tennis
  • A player misses both their first and second serves
  • Impact – loses the point without the opponent needing to hit a shot
  • Frequency – not seen in volume with professional players

   Your Guide

Gavin Davison   Gavin Davison

Hitting a double fault is one of the worst feelings in tennis – trust me.

This occurs when you:

  • Step up to the Line
  • Miss Your First Serve, and
  • Then Miss Your Second Serve Too

Of course, nobody wants to hit double faults, as it gives the opponent a COMPLETELY FREE POINT.

Now, at lower levels of tennis, double faults are actually fairly common.

That’s because players are still working on their games and improving, especially concerning the serve.

However, in professional tennis, double faults don’t tend to happen with extreme regularity.

They do, of course, occur in matches though.

Take guys like Alexander Zverev as an example, he can often get the yips on his serve and throw in a BUNCH OF DOUBLE FAULTS.

Getting these ‘yips’ was also a major problem for Guillermo Coria, a talented clay courter who struggled with double faults for years.

As you can imagine, double faults can be hugely detrimental to a players performance and confidence.

But why do they happen, and is there ANY PARTICULAR SITUATION in which they become more frequent?

Read on to find out.

In what instances might a player hit a double fault?

As I’ve stressed above, double faults do happen in the professional game.

Sure, they’re not AS FREQUENT as they might be in amateur tennis, but they have the same detrimental impact.

Why do they occur? I’ve discussed this below.

I) Trying to Go For Too Much

For a double fault to happen, the server MUST MISS BOTH their first and second serves.

Now, missing a first serve happens all the time in tennis. (check out my guide how to serve better in tennis).

But missing the second then hands the point to the opponent.

In my experience, and from my observations over the years, one of the MAIN CAUSES of double faults is when someone tries to go for too much.

This means they are trying to hit the second serve too hard or go too close to the lines.

Both of these results in a RISKIER and LESS CONSISTENT SERVE.

However, this is sometimes done as a reactive measure when playing against phenomenal returners of the ball.

Nowadays, Novak Djokovic has THIS EFFECT on his opponents in their service games.

But besides the great Djokovic, Andre Agassi would have the same impact on guys he played against.

He was SO DANGEROUS off the return that guys would try and hit a big second serve TO AVOID Agassi taking immediate control over the point.

II) Huge Pressure From the Returner

This brings us to the point I’ve touched upon above.

When you are serving against a great returner of the ball, it’s normal to feel under more pressure and believe that YOU NEED to hit a better second serve.

This in itself will cause a player to hit far more double faults than they might usually hit during a match.

But it’s not just consistent returners like Djokovic, and previously Agassi, that have this effect.

It’s also very apparent when guys play against BIG HITTERS of the ball.

These days, guys like Berrettini, Shapovalov, Sinner, Rublev, and many others can absolutely unload on the ball.

And this is certainly true on the return of serve.

Imagine trying to put the second serve in play when you’ve got guys like that down the OTHER END.

I can only guess at the pressure it puts on the quality of the second serve.

III) General Match Pressure

Tennis is an extremely psychological sport.

In fact, many psychologists say that 90% of tennis is mental.

While I don’t know about that, the psychology of the game DEFINITELY HAS AN IMPACT on player performance.

And in the case of double faults, when a match gets tight, these can start to fly in more than you might expect.

Of course, when serving, it is ALL ON YOU.

And if the match is at a pivotal point:

  • Your Arm Can Get Heavy
  • Your Technique Might Start to Wobble, and
  • You May Have a Harder Time Hitting a Quality Second Serve

All of this is PERFECTLY NORMAL I’d like to add.

But regardless, match tension and pressure inevitably start to alter the double fault numbers

How to avoid hitting too many double faults

At the end of the day, we all want to avoid hitting double faults in matches.

While it might not always be possible to HIT ZERO in a match, we can certainly reduce them.

Here are my top tips on doing exactly that:

1) Focus On Making the First Serve

This may seem overly obvious, but players don’t tend to think about it.

To hit a double fault, I’d LIKE TO EMPHASIZE that you need to miss both serves!

So rather than getting to the pressure situation where you must make the second, why not simply make the first?

To do this, stop trying to hit the fluff off the ball and add a little movement to it. 

You could also start to HIT MORE BODY SERVES rather than trying to paint the lines down the tee or wide.

2) Add More Spin to the Second

By this, I don’t mean slow down your racket head speed and push the ball.

That’s a common mistake that players make for second serves.

Your racket head speed should still be rapid, but now you should try and add some slice or even topspin to the ball.

Doing this slows down the ball in the air, but IT GETS THE BALL deviating once it hits the surface, making it tougher for your opponent to hit.

3) Don’t Worry About Your Opponent

Speaking of your opponent, try not to pay any attention to their position, abilities, or anything else for that matter.

The serve is ALL ON YOU and that’s how things should stay.

So even if they are a great returner, don’t let that put you off going for your favorite serve, even if that plays to their strengths.

Also, don’t think too much about them hitting A CLEAN WINNER on the return. If they do that, too good.

But at least make them replicate this to win points rather than handing the point over with a double fault.

Has this article helped you understand double faults?

Are you now more knowledgeable on why they occur and how to avoid them? Jump into the comments and share your thoughts.

How to Improve Footwork in Tennis

How to Improve Footwork in Tennis
  • Specified fitness routines – SAQ (Speed, Agility, Quickness)
  • Live ball drills with focus on footwork
  • Practice with intensity, light on the feet, use aids if necessary

   Your Guide

Gavin Davison   Gavin Davison

If you are to improve your game, FOOTWORK IS EVERYTHING.

It paves the way to being in the right position FOR EACH AND EVERY SHOT YOU HIT.

Great footwork means you can really maximize the way you strike the ball.

Sloppy footwork will cause your technique to break down and you won’t hit your shots correctly.

One of the best, in my opinion, is Rafael Nadal – just check HOW INTENSE he is with his feet in the video here:

Bear in mind that’s how he moves his feet in practice!

When he gets into a game, his footwork is EVEN MORE INTENSE.

You can even hear the squeak of his shoes on the surface when hustling TO EVERY BALL.

But of course, we can’t all be as exceptional as Rafael Nadal on a tennis court. We can, however, improve our footwork drastically to reach our full playing potential.

You can see my top three tips above, but I’d like to DIVE DEEPER on each tip to really show you what you can be doing – starting today.

The three tips explained

There are LOADS OF WAYS you can improve your footwork in this day and age.

Naturally, different coaches and players have their own thoughts on how this is achieved in the best possible way.

But for me, the three tips discussed below have proved pivotal through my entire playing career, which is why I’d like to go into greater depth right now.

SAQ Routines

Fitness and footwork routines have gone through ALL KINDS OF branding changes over the years.

But I can remember when I was a kid, we had a routine called Speed, Agility, and Quickness.

Basically, this is where the coach took us to one side for anywhere between 30 minutes to one hour and hammered home FOOTWORK DRILLS.

We would often get the ladders out there on court, and weave in and out with specific footwork patterns.

But we would also get the cones out there on the court and practice moving around the courts with our rackets, SHADOWING CERTAIN SHOTS at various points on the court.

The whole objective of this was to get the FEET:

  • Firing Faster
  • Be More Precise With Our Strokes, and
  • Build Up a Natural Intensity to Our Movement

SAQ training had a HUGE IMPACT on me as a child, and it no doubt led to the footwork levels I still enjoyed as a competitive adult.

Check out this resource for a list of footwork drills you could get started with right away.

Live Playing Drills With Footwork Focus

Although fitness and footwork drills without a ball are HIGHLY BENEFICIAL, sometimes, you just can’t beat the real thing.

The number of tennis drills you can do is obviously rather extensive, and not all of them depend on great footwork.

However, that’s not our goal here.

Our goal is to identify drills that will improve your footwork.

You’ll find that most of these ‘footwork focused’ drills get you to work on Specific Footwork Patterns instead of getting your footwork sharper in general.

For example, rapid-fire volley drills get you to focus on the split step to prepare for each BALL COMMING AT YOU.

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And if you perform a drill where the coach feeds you a running, wide ball, you might be focusing on the flow or power step.

Sometimes, you might be working on a transition ball too, which then REQUIRES YOU to flow forward up the court instead of horizontally like a wide ball.

Head actually has a fantastic series of tennis drills you can check out right here should you want to EXPAND YOUR KNOWLEDGE on this some more!

General Intensity When Practicing

Rather than being quite specific like my previous two tips, this one has to come from within.

It’s entirely up to you how hard you practice, but if you can constantly practice with high intensity, I guarantee that YOUR FOOTWORK WILL GET BETTER.

And when I say intensity, I mean:

  • Keeping Your Feet Dancing Between Shots
  • Always Executing a Split Step
  • Making Those Adjustments Around the Ball, and
  • Giving It 100% Effort at All Times

If you want to take things further too, YOU CAN.

Back in the day, I would make conditions with friends on the court that the first guy to make an unforced error would need to do 10 push-ups.

This fear of ‘punishment’ AUTOMATICALLY RAISED THE INTENSITY, and we would even play with weights on our ankles sometimes.

All in good fun of course, but it definitely helped the footwork.

Benefits of improving your footwork

At the end of the day, why should you worry so much about your footwork?

After all, isn’t hitting the ball the most important thing?

Well, I would have to say NO, because everything stems from footwork.

And here are the benefits of working on it:

1) Quicker Around the Court

If you are quick around the court, you can get in the:

  • Right Position for Your Shots
  • Hang in the Rallies Longer, and
  • Your Defensive Game Will Improve Dramatically

But you can ONLY BE QUICK around the court if your footwork is on point! 

2) Set Yourself up to Hit the Ball Correctly

You could have the best technique in the world, but if your footwork isn’t great, having awesome technique won’t matter.

You need to get your feet planted right and your body in the perfect position if you are to hit the BEST POSSIBLE SHOT.

Of course, this only occurs when you are moving your feet correctly.

3) Maximize Your Potential

Above all else, improving your footwork means that you are giving yourself the best shot at playing your best tennis.

And if you repeatedly work on your footwork, YOUR ENTIRE GAME WILL IMPROVE as a result of better

  • Movement
  • Fitness, and
  • Agility

Trust me, I’ve seen the improvements this can have on players, and it is WELL WORTH going through the pain barrier.

Have you found this quick read useful? Do you have any specific footwork drills you’d like to share with our community? Let us know in the comments.

How to Serve in Tennis for Beginners

How to serve in tennis for beginners
  • Toss the ball up to an appropriate height
  • Contact the ball in front of the body
  • Extend the arm on contact and push with the legs

   Your Guide

Gavin Davison   Gavin Davison

The serve is ARGUABLY THE MOST important shot in tennis.

It’s the only shot that you’ve got complete control over.

And it’s ALSO CRITICAL that you hold on to your service games when playing competitively.

Needless to say, it’s a shot that you need to learn if you are to become an EFFECTIVE TENNIS PLAYER.

And on that note, I’m glad you are here, as I have some top tips on how to get a decent serve – even as a beginner.

As you can see from the three tips above, these are the MECHANICS NECESSARY to hit a good serve.

But if these seem a little broad right now, make sure you read through the specifics below so that you understand them better.

Now, I can’t promise that your serve will INSTANTLY become like Roger Federer, but I’ll try my best!

Specific advice on giving your serve a boost

Speaking of the great Roger Federer, have a QUICK WATCH of this slow-motion video of him serving to see what a perfect serve looks like:

It really is poetry in motion watching this man hit a serve.

And many of the basics that he does EXCEPTIONALLY WELL are explained below.

The Ball Toss

When coaching, I used to always say that the ball toss is the MOST IMPORTANT PART of the serve.

After all, if your ball toss isn’t right, the entire service motion gets thrown off.

So, what should the ball toss actually look like?

Well, the toss needs to go in front of the body for starters.

While this does vary based on personal preference, I’d say that the ball toss NEES TO GO AROUND one foot in front of the baseline to be effective. 

Tossing the ball up this way actually FORCES YOU to drive up with the legs to reach the ball – more on this later.

In addition to tossing the ball out in front of you, it is CRITICAL that the ball toss goes high enough.

For your own reference, stand with your racket at full extension in your hand, above your head. That’s about where you need to be making contact with the ball. 

The Service Grip

This one is somewhat OPEN TO DEBATE for beginners.

Some coaches will try and get you to hit a serve with a forehand grip, to begin with, as it’s EASIER TO MAKE CONTACT.

However, I like to teach players to use the APPROPRIATE GRIP right off the bat.

Sure, it makes it a little tougher to learn, but it avoids the player GETTING INTO BAD HABITS by serving with a forehand grip, to begin with.

It also makes it tougher to transition should they initially learn to pancake the serve with a forehand grip.

Anyway, putting my pet peeve coaching tips aside, what is the right grip?

Well, the right grip for serving is the continental grip, sometimes called the chopper grip depending on your coach.

This is the OPTIMAL GRIP for hitting any kind of serve you like.

If you want to hit it FLAT, you can.

And if you want to hit a slice or topspin serve as you get MORE COMFORTABLE with serving, you can do that too.

Use the Legs

In every single shot in the game of tennis, you should be looking to involve the legs as much as you can.

Take a groundstroke as an example, you should bend your knees and drive through the shot with your legs to get as much pace and movement on the ball as possible.

This is SOMEWHAT TRUE of the serve too.

If you are to maximize what you get from your serve, you must use your legs to jump up to the ball and drive into the court. 

What else do I need to keep in mind?

Remember what I said about the ball toss being as high as you can reach with your racket and around a foot in front of the baseline?

This BECOMES OBSOLETE if you don’t involve the legs with your motion.

To get specific, when you toss the ball, you should try and bend your knees towards the court, and then jump and hit the ball when it’s time to do so.

This EXPLOSIVENESS ADDS:

  • Power
  • Heightens Your Contact Point, and
  • It Ensures That You Are Getting the Most Out of Your Body When Serving

As a beginner, don’t worry too much about vertical, horizontal, or any other form of jumping when serving.

Just FOCUS ON PUSHING UP and forwards towards the ball.

Lead With the Elbow and Extend the Arm

We’ve all thrown a ball before.

The tennis serve is actually no different from how you’d throw a ball.

The one and ONLY DIFFERENCE is that you’ve then got a racket in your hand!

So, when throwing a ball, ideally, your elbow should actually come through ahead of the rest of your arm.

This gives it a bit of a CATAPULT EFFECT, and while it may feel strange to start with – STICK WITH IT.

This will add enormous value to your serve in the LONG RUN.

Why leading with elbow and extending the arm is important?

When leading with the elbow, your forearm WILL ACTUALLY BE hanging back around your shoulder blades.

Take another view of the Federer video posted above if you are struggling to imagine what I mean.

And when your elbow then drives forward, you should pull the rest of your arm up to extend towards the ball.

This creates a NICE SNAPPING MOTION over the ball, and it’s the best way to hit your serve as hard as you can.

Of course, in the beginning, you might miss quite a few serves if you are trying to hit it as hard as possible.

Instead, I’d Recommend:

  • Reducing the Power
  • Focusing on the Control, and
  • Really Concentrating on Mastering the Technique

And if you don’t FEEL OVERLY COMFORTABLE with mastering this with a racket in your hand, just go back to throwing a ball.

That’s actually what I did hundreds of times to figure out how to lead with my elbow and extend my arm on a serve.

So don’t FEEL SILLY by doing it – it all helps to learn the serve as best you can as a beginner.

Let me know if these tips help you to develop your serve after reading this. I’d love to know in the comments below.

What Do Tennis Players Drink?

What Do Tennis Players Drink
  • Regular water
  • Electrolytes 
  • Energizing drinks

   Your Guide

Gavin Davison   Gavin Davison

Whenever you watch a professional tennis match, there are ALL KINDS OF BEVERAGES flying around.

Novak Djokovic famously has his own concoction that he drinks on the court, although he hasn’t disclosed what’s in there.

Whatever it is, it SEEMS TO WORK QUITE WELL I’d say!

With that said, of course, it varies greatly from player to player what they CHOOSE TO DRINK ON COURT.  

The topic is so interesting that even the USTA has got in on the action and PUT TOGETHER an interesting read on what players should be drinking!

Read that at your OWN LEISURE if you are looking to implement things to drink for your own game.

But coming back to professional players and their BEVERAGE OF CHOICE, there are three that most will drink. As you can see above, the three drinks include water, electrolytes, and energizing drinks. 

That’s why you’ll often see a bunch of bottles next to their chairs on court.

But of course, what they drink does depend on:

  • The conditions
  • Their physical status, and
  • The stage of the match too

This is something that differs from player to player, and it all depends on PERSONAL PREFERENCE really.

So rather than run through that, I’d like to talk about why they drink the three beverages mentioned above.

Reasons why they drink each beverage

As I stressed previously, every player is different concerning what they like to drink.

I’ve seen guys like Dominic Thiem knocking back a Red Bull on court before!

But would someone like Nadal do this?

I highly doubt it.

With that said, the three drinks I’ve mentioned are FAIRLY CONSISTENT among professional players, which is why I will focus on them now.

1) Water

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We’re all encouraged to drink more water, aren’t we?

Even for non-tennis players, it is suggested that people drink somewhere between 6-8 glasses of water each day.

I’ve even read that some doctors want you to drink at least half a gallon of water EVERY DAY.

The requirements do vary for men and women.

However, these requirements are obviously far greater for physically active people, like professional tennis players.

The most obvious reason that players need to DRINK EXCESSIVE AMOUNTS OF WATER is to stay hydrated.

Staying hydrated is critical to keep:

  • Mentally Sharp
  • Keep the muscles performing as well as they can, and
  • To be able to last for hours out there on court.

Therefore, it’s NO GREAT SUPRISE that the most common beverage of choice for players is water.

With this said, players can’t chug too much water out there on the court.

If they do, they can get bogged down and start to become a little sluggish out there.

That’s why players will tend to sip away at their water at the CHANGE OF ENDS. It’s very rare that you’ll see someone chugging the water

2) Electrolytes

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Electrolytes are of GREAT IMPORTANCE among professional tennis players.

These little beauties are actually electrically charged particles that THE BODY NEEDS to be at optimum levels of performance.

I won’t bore you with the science!

Instead, I can simply tell you that without sufficient electrolytes running through the system, optimum performance levels would be ALMOST IMPOSIBLE.

And that’s exactly why tennis professionals DRINK THEM. 

Check out this video for a bit more information on electrolytes and how they assist the body:

As seen in the video, electrolytes are SO IMPORTANT that they even help your:

  • Heart beat
  • Your lungs breathe, and
  • Your brain fire impulses through the body

Needless to say, those are some pretty IMPORTANT JOBS INDEED.

But specifically for tennis, it’s the demand for muscular contractions that make electrolytes so important.

After all, players are PUSHING THEIR BODIES to the absolute limits.

And since they are sweating so much on the court, electrolytes are just flowing out of them.

That’s why they must be replaced!

Many players even shoot for a drink known as Pedialyte, which I have taken myself during SUPER-HOT CONDITIONS.

3) Energizing Drinks

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One of the great things about the ATP and WTA Tours is that they FOLLOW THE SUN.

This means that players are often competing in super hot conditions.

Might sound like fun, but during long, grueling matches, I doubt that the players think of it THIS WAY.

In fact, it is more of a hindrance than a blessing!

Think of tournaments like the Australian Open as a prime example.

Temperatures can often surge WELL PAST 100 degrees on the court, and heat warnings aren’t all that uncommon.

With the players needing to do battle in such conditions, their energy can just GET SAPPED.

If they get so tired they may start to:

  • Suffer From Cramps
  • They Could Get Lightheaded, and
  • Such Exhaustion Can Impact Their Performance Massively

Now, I’m not talking about the standard energy drinks here.

I’m talking about proprietary sports drinks, often with high levels of glucose in them.

Many of them, such as Gatorade or Powerade will also have QUITE HIGH LEVELS OF SUGAR in them to give players an immediate burst of energy.

Of course, in the long run, drinking loads of sugar isn’t all that great for the body.

But when players need it most, it can mean the DIFFERENCE BETWEEN winning and losing a match.

Final thoughts

If you aren’t overly sure of what you should be drinking on the court, these three categories are definitely a good start.

It’s also important that you don’t overindulge in any single category.

For example, you don’t want to go out there and drink tons of water but IGNORE ELECTROLYTES and ENERGIZING DRINKS.

And likewise, you shouldn’t solely focus on the energizing drinks or electrolytes and IGNORE THE WATER. 

It’s all about finding the right balance, and it depends on how you are feeling on the court.

To maintain optimum performance levels, I’d recommend drinking all three.

But if you are feeling tired or about to cramp, PUMP UP the electrolyte intake and you’ll be just fine. 

I do hope all of this helps, and I look forward to hearing any inputs in the comments.

How Long Does a High School Tennis Match Last?

How Long Does a High School Tennis Match Last
  • Standard formats are followed for singles – best 2 out of 3 sets
  • On average, singles matches last from 1-2 hours 
  • Doubles matches may last up to 1 hour

   Your Guide

Gavin Davison   Gavin Davison

High school tennis is the STEPPING STONE for players before moving into college tennis.

Anyone can play on the team ONCE THEY START high school. Both boy’s and girls tennis matches are played, and generally, there will be many inter-school matches played each season.

As for how long the games can last, it’s usually anywhere from 1-2 hours, on average

Of course, this depends on:

  • How close a game is
  • How well-matched the players are
  • As well as their Overall Game Styles

Players THAT GRIND will usually have longer matches than those that like to hit big .

But there is more that influences the length of a high school game than just game styles and closeness of abilities.

There are also SUBTLE RULES that you need to be aware of when thinking of how long a match will last.

Specific rules that you need to know about

Now I’d like to take a CLOSER LOOK at some of the finer details that tend to get overlooked with high school tennis.

Most Games Use Ad Scoring

Although some matches MAY WARRANT ‘no-ad’ scoring, most high school games will use ad-scoring.

Basically, this means that when a game GETS TO DUCE, a regular advantage will be played until the game has a winner.

This in itself means that high school games CAN LAST LONGER when ad scoring is used compared with no-ad scoring.

As we’ve seen on the professional tour, games that involve multiple deuces can sometimes last more than 10 MINUTES!

Should a high school game involve several of these, naturally, it MAY GO BEYOND the average of 1-2 hours play.

Of course, there is no guarantee that this will happen.

Then again, if a high school game is played without advantages, once a deuce point is played that will be the end of the game.

Over time, this can make QUITE A DIFFERENCE to the length of the match.

Doubles Is a Pro-set to Eight Games

While singles matches are played in a best 2 out of 3 set format, doubles is QUITE DIFFERENT.

The way in which doubles is played is actually the exact same as we used to do in NCAA college tennis.

The format for doubles matches is known as a ‘pro set’, and it’s essentially an EXTENDED SET.

Pairs are required to reach 8 games to win the match, and if the game goes to 8-8, a 7-point tie break will decide the match.

Given that these matches will NATURALLY INVOLVE FEW GAMES than singles, they tend to BE SHORTER.

For example, if one doubles pair dominates the other and wins the match by 8-0, that’s just 8 games they’ve had to play.

In contrast, the lowest number of games that can be played in a singles match is 12 – that’s assuming one player wins by a score of 6-0, 6-0. 

Even if a doubles game goes to a tie-break, however, it is QUITE RARE that the game lasts for much longer than one hour.

Singles Is Regular With a 10-Point Breaker

One of the main reasons that high school singles match RARELY GO much past the 2-hour mark is due to this rule.

Unless a player wins by 2-0 in sets, the match will be split and IT WILL BE one set apiece.

If this situation occurs, there is NO POSIBILITY of a full third set.

That’s because full third sets have been scrapped for high school tennis, and the Championship tie break has replaced it.

A Championship tie break has also been introduced on the pro tour too, as seen at the Australian Open.

High school tennis has obviously followed suit and implemented the third set tie break rule.

Basically, this is AN EXTENDED TIE BREAK where one player needs to reach 10 points instead of the regular 7 points.

This has been done to avoid overly lengthy matches and to allow high school games to be wrapped up in an APPROPRIATE LENGTH OF TIME.

Of course, since the third set is played this way, matches can save up to one hour’s worth of tennis!

Regular Lets Are Used

For those that haven’t heard of this rule before, you’ll probably find this PRETTY INTERESTING.

In Division One college tennis, should a serve hit the net, it is still live.

So if the serve JUST TRICKLES over into the box, it is viewed as an ace and they will win the point.

This was introduced to speed up the matches, and it was briefly trialed on the pro tour too until players basically VOTED AGAINST IT.

In high school tennis, however, regular lets are used for all matches

This means that if a serve does hit the net and just trickle over, the serve MUST BE REPEATED.

In my opinion, this is MUCH BETTER FOR THE GAME, and lets don’t really extend the length of a match all that much anyway. 

Key takeaways on the length of high school matches

Now that I’ve covered the scoring systems and average length of matches, I would hope that your question has been answered.

But let’s do a quick recap on the main points so that you leave this post fully informed!

So, for singles matches, you are usually looking at a length of 1-2 hours. 

The only way it would be less is if one player BLOWS THE OTHER one off the court, usually by a pretty convincing scoreline.

And the only way it would be more than 2 hours is if you had two very evenly matched players who played a somewhat GRINDING STYLE.

Of course, the match would likely need to go to 3 sets to EXTEND BEYOND the 2-hour mark too.

As for doubles, I can say with confidence that I never had a College Doubles Match that lasted more than one hour.

And since this is the case in college, I would think that this is REPLICATED IN HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS.

Of course, there might be rare discrepancies, but this is fairly accurate!

Have any stories from high school tennis you’d like to share? Feel free to jump into the comments below.

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