A Rookie Tennis Player's Guide about Deuce

A Rookie Player's Guide about Deuce Tennis (Definition, Origin, and Contextual Use)

If you are scouting about the tennis terminology ‘deuce,’ how and when it is used, and what happens after the player’s reach deuce, then you have come to the right place.

Whether you are a rookie (newbie) tennis player or an enthusiast looking to gather more information about Deuce, this article would edify you with all the facts you are looking for.

This write-up aims at providing you with valuable insight into the Deuce tennis mechanism.

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The Game of Tennis

Tennis is played on a rectangular court which may on different types of surfaces.

The game is between two players on opposite sides or two teams (with two players each). Often it is referred to as a ‘singles match’ or a ‘doubles match.’

The players must score a point by hitting the ball back and forth using their rackets.

A point is scored when the player or the team of players on the opposite side fails to return the ball, landing in the scoring area.

The Origin of Deuce

Ever wondered where this terminology ‘Deuce’ originated from? It comes from the Anglo-French word ‘Deus,’ French word ‘Deux’ and Latin word ‘duos,’all meaning: two.

Many speculate that since the game of Tennis has its roots in France, the term ‘Deuce’ might have been derived from the French word ‘Deux.’

However, it is unknown how the term ‘Deuce’ came to be associated with the game of Tennis. It is better left to the speculation of Tennis experts.

The Meaning of 'Deuce'

In Tennis, when each player has reached an equal score: 40-40, it is called Deuce.

The game of Tennis requires some level of game-lingo understanding.

For example, 0 pointsare referred to as ‘Love,’ a legal serve that lands in the service box and is not touched by the receiver’s racket is called ‘Ace.’

When both the players score 3 points reaching 40 points each, it is termed as ‘Deuce.’ The pronunciation, however, is ‘doos’ or ‘dyoos,’ as you would commonly hear the chair umpire calling it out when such scores are reached.

What Happens at Deuce and After that?

At the Deuce score (40-40), either of the players can win by scoring two back-to-back points.

The first player to score a point after Deuce gets the advantage point. The term ‘Ad’ is put in the scorecard of the player scoring the point and is commonly referred to as “Ad in.”

REMEMBER: If the same player scores the next point, he or she wins.

However, if the other player scores the next point, the score is brought back to ‘Deuce’ (40-40). Here, the first player loses the advantage, called ‘Advantage out’ or ‘Ad out.’

The Deuce only gets settled once a player successfully scores two consecutive points and wins. The players can return to Deuce any number of times during the game.

On May 26, 1975, Anthony Fawcett and Keith Glass fired up a record 37 deuces in a single game for a total of 80 points at the Surrey Grass Court Championships at Surbiton.

Ad Court and The Deuce

Many refer to either side of the tennis court as the ‘ad court’ or the ‘deuce court.’

Since the deuce points start on the right side of the court, it is commonly referred to as the ‘deuce court,’ whereas the court’s left side is referred to as the ‘ad court’ since all the ad points start on the left.

The Exception of No-Ad Scoring

In the world of professional Tennis, the concept of Ad-in and Ad-out is practiced.

However, outside this professional arena, i.e., in recreational or practice games, sometimes No-Ad scoring is practiced. Tennis players all over the world have been going back on forth on the No-Ad scoring.

👉 NOTE: The concept of No-Ad scoring skips Ad-in and Ad-out and lets the players win at the next point after Deuce.

Is there any relationship between 'Love' and 'Deuce'?

There is no direct relationship between ‘love’ and ‘deuce,’ but you may deduce that Deuce is often followed by love.

The term ‘Love’ in Tennis implies a score of ‘zero.’ On the other hand, “Deuce” refers to the score 40-40 or 40-all.

Let us try to understand this in terms of scorecards.

Suppose the score is “15-0”, then it is referred to as “15-Love”. Likewise, the score of “30-0” is called “30-love”.

Now consider the score of 30-30. It would be called 30-all, but when the score is “40-40,” it is not referred to as 40-all but is called a “Deuce.”

Your Game Plan at Deuce

Before we move on to understand what your gameplay at Deuce should be, do check the video below. It has some valuable insights about Deuce, which would make it simpler for you to understand the concept.

This video also explains the gameplay tactics that can be used at Deuce Tennis. It would be a great starting point for someone who wishes to understand the concept in detail.

So moving ahead, when you reach Deuce in the game of Tennis, you have reached a point where it is essential to score the following two points. Scoring the following two points would result in a win for you.

Now let’s say that your score in the game is 6-5, which means that your opponent has won 5 games and you have won 6.

If your opponent scores the next point, the score will reach 6-6, and it would be a tiebreaker. However, if you score the next point after 6-5, you win the game.

But in the case of a tiebreaker, you would have to adopt different game tactics. A deuce can go on forever, and it only ends when one of the teams or players scores two points consecutively.

If you observe that you are repeatedly arriving at Deuce for more than 20 minutes or so, then you might want to consider changing your mindset.

You should either adopt an aggressive approach to win the game, or you can plan to stay patient and let the player on the other side commit a mistake.

Concluding Thoughts

Tennis is one of the most popular individual sport played around the globe. It is plausible that one would be curious to know about this game’s various jargon because of its reputation.

I hope that this guide leaves you with a clear understanding of the concept of Deuce Tennis. ☺️