Serving and Aces
Each point begins with a serve, the person serving stands behind the baseline on the right-hand side of the court. The aim of the serve is to put the ball into the service box diagonally opposite. The server swaps sides after each point. You get two chances to get your serve in, typically you can go for it more with the first serve, knowing you have a second bite of the cherry if needed. Be careful with the second service though, if it goes out, your opponent wins the point.
An ace is the name given to a serve that is a winning shot without the receiving tennis player being able to return the ball. Aces are powerful shots, according to Guiness World Records the fastest ever recorded was dispatched at a whopping 163mph! The Croatian player, Goran Ivanišević holds the record for most aces recorded in a single tournament – that’s 213 aces smashed out when winning the 2001 Wimbledon title.