When a player is serving, a let is most usually used. If the ball strikes the net but still falls inside the service court (the other side of the net within fair play), this is referred to as a "let," and the serve can be replayed. A serve that strikes the net but falls the opposite way (to the server's side of the court) is deemed a fault. On this side of the court, the player who served receives no point unless he or she earns it by hitting an approach shot that gets past his or her opponent.
The term "li" is used in tennis to indicate a loss of a match due to disqualification. This may occur when a player uses abusive language against an official or attempts to gain an advantage by distracting an opponent from the game. Disqualifications are applied at the discretion of the chair umpire. They can also occur if a player breaks any rule during a changeover period. For example, if a player were to pick up a ball off the floor during a changeover, this would be considered a violation and would result in a penalty stroke being awarded to the opposing team.
In addition to matches, games are also played in tennis. There are two ways to win a game: by winning six points in a row or having the higher-ranked player serve again before the time limit is reached. A game cannot end in a tie; instead, it will go into a sudden-death overtime period during which each player has one chance to score one more point to win the game.
If the ball contacts the net, the strap, or the net's headband and lands in the right service box, your serve is termed a let. The regulations also say that if the ball touches any of these net elements before hitting the court, it is deemed a let.
So, if you hit the ball and it gets on the opponent's playing surface, it is regarded to have passed over or around the net assembly as long as it does not travel under the net or between the net post and the net for nets that do not extend to the net post.
A Fault is a failed serve that does not begin the point because the ball does not arrive in the allocated service box of the opponent. When the ball strikes the net cord but still lands on the service court, it is termed a let. Such a serve is not deemed a fault, and the server may try again.
Thus, lets are legal serves that do not reach the opponent.
Faults occur when a player uses his or her hand to stop the ball before it has fully crossed the line of the court. This includes any hand action that prevents the ball from touching the ground inside the service box. For example, if a player reaches out with his or her hand and stops a ball-in-flight with a finger tip, this is a fault. If a player only touches the ball with his or her finger tips after it has landed within his or her service box, this is not a fault.
In tennis, faults start new points and allow the opponent to hit another ball. Therefore, it is important for players to learn how to make proper serves so as not to give their opponents opportunities to win points by hitting into play.
Why is it termed "let" in tennis when the tennis ball hits the net? It's called a "let" because you're "letting" the ball pass without counting it. The serve/point technically did not occur. The server is given another chance at either the first or second serve on which he or she served a "let." If the server fails to serve the ball within a reasonable time, then the opponent gets to choose whether they want to take their turn at serving or not.
In tennis, as in many sports, if you allow a ball to go out of bounds without being hit by a player, team, or object (i.e., a fair catch), then that ball is said to have "netted". You can see this on most tennis courts, where there are small white nets attached to the backboard along the baseline. These nets are there to prevent balls from going out of play over the end line or into the stands. However, they also provide an easy way for players to pick up balls that have landed in the stands or on any other off-court area.
The term "net" comes from the fact that these nets were originally made of chicken wire. They were later replaced with nylon nets after several serious injuries occurred during games using the old system. Today, most tennis nets are made of polypropylene rope; however, they still serve the same purpose of preventing balls from going out of bounds.
When you serve, whether first or second serve, and the ball contacts the net and lands in the right service box, it is termed a let, and the serve is replayed. If it touches the net and lands outside the box, it is a fault and you must serve again (you lost your first serve) or double fault if it happens on your second serve. Otherwise known as a break point.
The term "let" also applies when returning a shot that hits the net behind your opponent. If you hit the net with enough force to deflect the ball back into play, it is considered a let and they are usually not returned unless it is very short. Returns that go over the top of the net are called volleys.
Let alone returns your opponents shots that land in the right service box but don't make contact with the net. These balls are called half-volleys because they can be used to attack the net or drop into the court from extreme angles if necessary.
Finally, if the ball goes off the end of the racket into the netting then it is out. Even if it doesn't touch the ground first.
These are the most common ways to lose a game of tennis.