Tuesday, February 8, 2011

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Hello everyone! Welcome to my blog on the Georgia Tech Women's and Men's Tennis teams. I hope you enjoy reading my updates each week on each team's results throughout the 2011 spring season. Feel free to comment if you feel inspired!

For readers who are not familiar with college tennis, I will provide some basic facts to help you comprehend the sport and rules better.

Georgia Tech is a member of the powerhouse Atlantic Coast Conference, commonly known as the ACC. The ACC is affiliated with the Division 1 sector of the NCAA, or the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Other institutions part of the conference include The University of North Carolina, Vanderbilt University, and Boston College.

In Division 1 tennis, there are 7 points possible for a team to receive during each match. 4 points must be obtained for a team to defeat their opponent. 3 doubles matches are played to start the competition. One team must win 2 out of 3 of those matches to earn the 1 doubles point possible. All doubles matches in the college format are played to 8 games, the winner being whoever gets to 8 and wins by at least 2 games. If the teams reach a tie at 8 all, a tie-breaker is played to determine the winning tandem.

After doubles play is completed, the singles competition begins. The team that won the doubles point has to win 3 out of the 6 matches to be victorious. The team that lost the doubles point has to work a bit harder and win 4 out of the 6 matches to come out on top.

Tennis is a sport played using sets. The first player to get to 6 and ahead by at least 2 games (two different times, or in two different sets), is the winner. If the score gets to 6 all in a set, a tie-breaker is played to determine the winner of that particular set. Set tie-breakers go up to 7 points. The winner of the set tie-breaker is the player who reaches 7 first and wins by at least 2 points. If the score ends up being 7 all in the tie-breaker, the series will continue until someone is ahead by 2 points. Some set tie-breakers have lasted very long, with some scores being 22-20 for the person with 22 points to win the set by a 7-6 margin.

Each game starts out at love, which is another word for 0. If a player wins the first point, their score goes up to 15. If they win the second point, their score is doubled and goes to 30. If they win the next point after that, they have a score of 40. If they are lucky enough to win the next point, they have won the game. If the score in a game gets tied to 40 all, the score is called deuce. If a player wins the deuce point, they have an advantage point, commonly known as "ad-in". The player must win their advantage point to win the game. If they don't, the score goes back to deuce. The first player to win the point when the have reached an advantage point for themselves wins the game.

I hope these explanations are clear and help explain the sport better. If you have any questions, feel free to comment or email me!

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