# How Many Games In Tennis?

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A tennis match is played between two players, usually singles, and is typically played to a score of six games. So, how many games are in tennis?

## How many sets in a tennis match?

A tennis match is usually best of three sets. This format is used in all of the four Grand Slam tournaments – Wimbledon, the US Open, the Australian Open, and the French Open. So, how many sets are there in a tennis match?

### How many games in a set?

In tennis, a player wins a set by winning at least six games and at least two games more than the opponent. If one player wins six games and the opponent wins five, an additional game is played to decide the set. A tiebreaker may also be used as the final game of the set, but only if the score reaches 6-6.

In professional matches, such as those at Grand Slam tournaments, a best-of-five sets format is used. In this format, the first player to win three sets wins the match. In some tournaments, a final set tiebreaker may be used to decide the winner if the score reaches 6-6 in the final set.

At Wimbledon, the men’s singles and doubles matches are played over five sets, while the women’s singles and doubles matches are played over three sets.

## How many points in a tennis game?

In tennis, a game consists of a sequence of points played with the same player serving, and is won by the first player to have won at least four points in total and at least two more points than the opponent. The running score of each game is described in a manner peculiar to tennis: scores from zero to three points are described as “love”, “15”, “30”, and “40”, respectively.

### How many points in a tennis set?

In tennis, a set is won by the first player to win 6 games (and win by 2, unless the score is 6–6 in which case a tie-break is played – see ‘How do you win a tennis set?’). If the score reaches 5–5, then whoever wins the next game wins the set. A set therefore has a minimum of 6 games, and can go up to 12–12 (13–13, etc).

## How many games in a tennis match?

The first player to win six games and have a two-game lead wins a set. A player wins a game by winning more points than the opponent. The player with the most games at the end of a match wins.

### How many sets in a tennis match?

A tennis match is generally played as the best of three sets, with each set consisting of six games. However, there are also some tennis matches that are played as the best of five sets. In order to win a tennis match, a player must win two out of three sets (or three out of five sets).

### How many points in a tennis game?

A game of tennis starts with a serve from one player to the other. The players then hit the ball back and forth over the net until one player is unable to return the ball or hits it out of bounds.

A tennis game is won by the first player to score 4 points. These points are called, “love,” “15,” “30,” and “40.” If both players have scored 3 points each, then the score is said to be, “deuce.” At deuce, the next player to win two consecutive points wins the game.

If one player wins 2 points in a row at any time during the game, that player wins the game. However, if both players win 3 points in a row, then the score goes back to deuce and they keep playing until one player wins 2 points in a row.

The first player to win 6 games wins a set. A match is usually best out of 3 sets, but sometimes it can be best out of 5 sets.

### How many points in a tennis set?

In tennis, a set consists of a sequence of games played with service alternating between games, ending when the count of games won meets certain criteria. A legal set consists of either six or seven games, as follows:

-A set that is decided by a tie-break is a legal set, regardless of the number of games played.

-A set that is decided by a tie-break, but which also includes one or more sequences of six (or seven) consecutive odd (or even) games, is NOT a legal set.

-A set in which one player wins six (or seven) consecutive games, provided that the opponent wins four (or three) consecutive games at some point during the first six (or seven), is a legal set.

-A set in which one player wins six (or seven) consecutive games, provided that the opponent wins four (or three) consecutive games at some point during the first six (or seven), but which also includes one or more sequences of six (or seven) consecutive odd (or even) games, is NOT a legal set.