# What are the "Ad" and "Deuce" Courts?

#### Chris Evert-Awful

##### New User
I've been a passive student o' the game for a long time, and I still don't know what defines the "ad" and "deuce" courts.
Also, where do you begin a service game? I've just been randomly picking a side, all this time.

#### Kana Himezaki

##### Semi-Pro
The deuce court is your right side of the court, since that's where deuce points are played. The ad court is the left side of the court. You define what's left and right by what's left and right of the center hash mark.

You also begin serving on the deuce side. When you're on an even number of points played (15 all, 40-15, 30 all, whatever), you're always on the deuce side. When you're on an odd number of points played, you're on the ad side (15-0, 30-15, 40-0, etc.).

Hope it helps. ^^

#### Chris Evert-Awful

##### New User
Mystery solved, just like that! Thanks so much!

#### Kana Himezaki

##### Semi-Pro
No problem. I don't think I figured out what people meant by an open or closed racquet face until after two years of daily playing. x.X

#### Chris Evert-Awful

##### New User
Ooh, yeah -- since you mentioned it, what do "open" and "closed" mean? Is "open" when the raquet strings are facing your opponent?

#### Kana Himezaki

##### Semi-Pro
Open face:

When the face of the racquet is tilted away from the oncoming ball, or "open" to the ball, as opposed to "closed."

Closed face:

When the face of the racket is inclined slightly forward, tilted towards the oncoming ball.

#### Rickson

##### G.O.A.T.
The game always starts on the deuce side which is the right and the advantage side is on the left. Odd numbers are played on ad and even numbers on deuce. We start at 0 so we're on deuce and when 1 point is scored, we move to the ad court and the score goes to 15 for 1 player. Next point won will be either 1-1, 2-0, or 0-2 so it's 15 all, 30 love, or love 30, which is played on deuce because it's an even number and so on. Tiebreaks are hard to understand for some so I'll explain that too. First server gets only 1 serve and his opponent gets 2 after that. They keep alternating 2 serves after the initial serve and that's why they play the 1st serve after the initial serve always on the ad side, because it's an odd number. I used to wonder why the server would start his serve from the ad court, but after I found out about the even and odd number rule, I got my answer.

#### Jet Rink

##### Semi-Pro
An even better question: What does your screen name mean?

Jet

PDJ

#### Chris Evert-Awful

##### New User
"Chris Evert-Awful"? I just picked the most famous player (and the one most famous for poise and focus) and negated her name to reflect me. Because my game is mostly terrible.

PDJ

#### GuyClinch

##### Legend
Change it.

You should get a new name. It looks like your saying Chris Evert IS awful.

Pete

PDJ

#### Chris Evert-Awful

##### New User
Really? To me, it's just a frothy play on her eighties hyphenate.

#### Jet Rink

##### Semi-Pro
GuyClinch said:
You should get a new name. It looks like your saying Chris Evert IS awful.

Pete

That's how I read it too...

Jet

PDJ

#### Eddie Kao

##### New User
If one day they could change the way from love, 15, 30, 40 to 0, 1, 2, 3, then tennis would be more "new player friendly", I think. Ever got this discussed officially?

#### esgee48

##### G.O.A.T.
I guess you guys don't play Coman format tiebreakers.

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