Singles: The Rules

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By Pickleball Is Great  Special Contributor
This month Pickleball Is Great presents a series of articles on Pickleball singles play. This is the second installment in that series.

Intrigued about pickleball’s other event – singles? Does the more aggressive, hard, deep groundstroke game seem to match your style of play? Let’s find out some unique rules of the singles game.

Let’s start with the court – If you’re coming from tennis, you’re used to singles and doubles court lines. Well, this is pickleball and the court is the court, whether it’s for doubles or singles.

The most obvious difference is the scoring. As the name implies, there is no second server. Singles scoring uses only two numbers, your score and your opponent’s score. The server’s score determines which side from which to serve. If the server’s score is represented by an even number (0, 2, 4, …), the serve is executed from the right side of the court. If the server’s score is represented by an odd number (1, 3, 5, …), the serve begins from the left court. Because there is no second server, once the server loses the point, the serve reverts to the receiver.

  • For example, if you have 5 points and your opponent has 2 points. You would begin your serve on the left side of the court and announce the score as 5, 2.

Now that you know the rules, we’ll see how the doubles and singles strategies compare.

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