HomeMore Sports

Tennis

Tennis101ArticlesBettingCoachingDrillsEquipmentGlossaryKick Serve TennisTennis GlossaryWhat Are The Quarterfinals In Tennis?What Do Ad And Advantage Mean In Tennis?What Does Game, Set, Match Mean In Tennis?What Does Let Mean In Tennis?What Does Love Mean In Tennis?What Is A Break Point In Tennis?What Is A Deuce In Tennis?What Is A Doubles Match In Tennis?What Is A Draw In Tennis?What Is A Drop Shot In Tennis?What Is A First Serve In Tennis?What Is A Flat Serve In A Tennis Match?What Is A Forehand In Tennis?What Is A Game Point In Tennis?What Is A Golden Set In Tennis?What Is A Golden Slam In Tennis?What Is A Grunt In Tennis?What Is A Lob In A Tennis Match?What Is A Lob In Tennis?What Is A Match In Tennis?What Is A Moonball In Tennis?What Is A National Tennis Ranking?What Is A Point In Tennis?What Is A Pro Set In Tennis?What Is A Return Of Serve In Tennis?What Is A Second Serve In Tennis?What Is A Serve In Tennis?What Is A Set In A Tennis Match?What Is A Set In Tennis?What Is A Slice In Tennis?What Is A Slice Serve In A Tennis Match?What Is A Smash In Tennis?What Is A Stroke In Tennis?What Is A Tennis Chair Umpire?What Is A Tennis Line Judge?What Is A Tennis Rally?What Is A Tennis Winner?What Is A Tie Break In Tennis?What Is A Tweener In Tennis?What Is A Volley In Tennis?What Is A Western Grip In Tennis?What Is An ATP Tennis Ranking?What Is An NTRP Tennis Rating?What Is An Umpire In Tennis?What Is Doubles In Tennis?What Is Mixed Doubles Tennis?What Is Poaching In Tennis?What Is Round Robin Tennis?What Is Set Point In Tennis?What Is The Semi-Western Tennis Grip?What Is an Ace In Tennis?Where Is The Service Line In Tennis?LessonsPlayersQuestionsRulesSkillsStatisticsTennis CourtsTournaments
  1. Home
  2. Tennis
  3. What Is A Game Point In Tennis?

What Is A Game Point In Tennis?

What Is Game Point In Tennis

Game point in tennis takes place when a player would win the current game by scoring the next point. This occurs when a player reaches a score of 40 (scoring three times) as long as their opponent has not also reached a score of 40 as in most formats, a game must be won by two or more.

If both players have scores of 40, the score is said to be deuce and advantage scoring takes place. From deuce, the first player to score takes the advantage. If the player with the advantage loses the next point, the score goes back to deuce. This continues until a player scores while having the advantage, thus winning by two.

An exception to this occurs in mixed doubles tennis (and men's and women's doubles at non-major tournaments) where there is no advantage scoring, meaning the next point after 40-40 wins the game.


Other Names For Tennis Game Point

In tennis, game point can also be referred to by other names depending on the situation, including break point, set point, and match point among others.

Break point refers to when the game point is in favor of the player who is not serving. If a player scores a break point, they are said to have broken their opponent's serve. Since the serving side has the advantage as they can force their opponent to play defensively, break points are difficult to reach and are important for determining the winner of a match. Typically, the winner of a match will score more break points than their opponent.

Set point is used in place of game point when the player facing game point would also win the set by winning the point. Match point is used when the player would win the match by scoring the next point. Match points are usually counted to keep track of the number of opportunities a player has had to win the match, so "Match Point 2" means it is the second match point. Alternatives for match point can also be used depending on the match. If the match is the final of a tournament, championship point, or something similar depending on the tournament, may be used instead.