Serving in Tennis is a harder art to master than first appears on those TV Screens when first watching the sport. It requires excellent overhead technique, timing, balance and full body rotation to achieve maximum power and accuracy through use of the kinetic chain throughout the body as you throw your whole body into the serve.
To do this effectively you must make sure you have the right equipment as well as know what the key rules are around serving. The key aspects of equipment are flat tennis shoes and a powerful tennis racket.
Tennis Serving Rules:
1. Service Box:
- The server must stand behind the baseline and between the center mark and the sideline.
- The serve must be made into the diagonally opposite service box.
2. Foot Faults:
- The server’s feet must not touch or cross the baseline or the center mark until the ball is struck.
3. Racket Head Rules:
- The server’s racket must hit the ball within the confines of the service box.
- The server must toss the ball into the air and hit it before it hits the ground.
4. Faults and Double Faults:
- A fault is declared if the serve doesn’t land in the proper service box, among other reasons.
- Two consecutive faults result in a double fault and the loss of a point.
5. Let Serve:
- If the ball hits the net and lands in the proper service box, a let is called, and the server gets another chance.