Picture the scene: under a perfect blue sky, a perfect green tennis court awaits, split by gleaming white lines that match the sharp creases of your box-fresh white shorts… and, how do you score again?

Tennis is fantastic fun and fantastically simple at heart. When you start though, the scoring system can feel like it was designed by malicious surrealists. It was probably medieval French courtiers in reality. This guide will help you through from first serve to match point as sweetly and smoothly as strawberries and cream.