Rules of Mini Tennis

Updated February 21, 2017

Mini tennis is a fun sport that is more difficult than it appears at first glance. It is played on a standard tennis court only using the service boxes. It is a game that requires solid footwork and great racket control to utilize the angles available on the court.

The Court

Inbounds play is only within the two services boxes on either side of the net. Anything beyond the service box or in the alleys is out of bounds.

The Serve

The serve must go over the net to the opposite service box in one service attempt (otherwise the server loses the point). The server must start behind his service line, and must bounce and hit from below the waist.


Scoring can follow traditional tennis scoring (love, 15, 30, 40, game) or the first to 20 points. In the former, a player serves a whole game, then switches, while the latter each player serves two points in a row, alternating the service box served from.

End Changes

Players remain on the same side of the net for an entire game. If using traditional tennis scoring, change ends after every odd game. If scoring to 20, change ends after every game.


The ball must always bounce only once to be a legal hit. Volleys and overheads are not allowed, and will automatically lose the point.


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