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FAQ by Raging_DemonTEN

Version: 1.0 | Updated: 05/02/2003


                                 TENNIS FAQ

               Console.....................Nintendo Entertainment System

                "TENNIS" Copyright 1983 Nintendo Co.
                FAQ/Walkthrough Copyright 2003 Raging_DemonTEN

               E-Mail Address..............eagle25_100@yahoo.com

----- Copyright Information -----
|                                                                           |
| This FAQ is copyrighted by Raging_DemonTEN in the year 2002. It is for    |
| private use only, and cannot be reproduced or sold without strict         |
| permission from the author. Permission can be asked for by e-mailing me   |
| with the title "LP Permission" at: eagle25_100@yahoo.com.                 |


                           |   Version History   |

Version 1.0 - Apparently, I never numbered this one before. Go figure. Well,
              it's all revamped and actually USEFUL for use in the game,
              because the previous version sure wasn't.

                             Opponent Strategy
                             Complete Revision

                           |  Table Of Contents  |
                |           1. Introduction                   |
                |           2. Overview And Controls          |
                |           3. Tennis, The Nintendo Rules     |
                |           4. Meet Your Enemy                |
                |           5. Tips And Hints                 |


                             1. Introduction

"You should never marry a tennis player, because to them love means nothing"

     I'm not the biggest tennis fan. I'm not afraid to admit it. The only
tennis I'll admit to watching is the matches with Kournikova, in her
oh-so-short skirts. But hey, I play Tennis all the time. It's always good when
I'm in the mood for boring myself to tears.

     I kid, I kid. Hey, reader, relax. I'm like this the whole FAQ. So anyway,
I do actually play Tennis occasionally. And I guess, since I'm a FAQ writer or
something close to it, I'll try to help you out. You know, out of the goodness
of my heart and stuff. Because hey, what are complete strangers for anyways?
Well, let's get this show on the road. See below for an overview of Tennis.

                        2. Overview And Controls

     This is tennis in all of its glory. It got fuzzy balls, it got rackets,
it got a cheering crowd and it got you. There are five difficulty levels,
with you either playing one-on-one with the computer or teaming up with a
friend to play doubles. That's all there is to it, really.


D-Pad    - Moves the player
START    - Pauses the game
           Confirms selection on the first menu
SELECT   - Selects a selection on the first menu
A Button - Strong shot, serves ball
B Button - Lob shot

                      3. Tennis, The Nintendo Rules

     I'm sure if you are picking this game up, you know the basics of how
tennis works. Two players hit a ball back and forth, and the first one to miss
doesn't get the point. However, the game has plenty of tiny rules to really
suck the fun out of it, so I'll just go over them quickly. Of course, if you
already know the game of tennis well enough, just skip ahead to the next
section. Below is a diagram of a tennis court, and I've also marked important

   Doubles line  |  |      Computer is here         |  |  Service Box
               \ |  |      /                        |  | /
                \|  |    X                          |  |/
                 |  |                               |  /
                 |  |-------------------------------| /|
                 |  |               |               |/ |
                 |  |               |               /  |
       The Net   |  |               |               |  |  Mario sits
              \  |  |               |               |  |    here
               \ |  |               |               |  |     |
               - ----------------------------------------    X
                 |  |               |               |  |
                 |  |               |               |  |
                 |  |               |               |\ |
                 |  |               |               | \|
                 |  |               |               |  \
                 |  |-------------------------------|  |\
                 |  |                               |  | \
                 |  |                You are here!  |  | Singles line
                 |  |                         \     |  |
                 |  |                           X   |  |

     You begin a match with a service to the opposite court. Your ball must
land in the service box diagonally opposite of you. The person you serve to
must then return the ball to your side of the court, and the two players go
back and forth until one of three things happen:

                  1.) The ball lands out of bounds
                  2.) A player misses the ball
                  3.) The ball hits the net

     If any of these three things happen, a point is scored, in increments of
15, to the opposing player. The server will then serve again. When you serve,
you may happen to fault. A fault occurs when, during the serve, the ball does
not land in the service box diagonally opposite of you, you miss the ball, or
the ball hits the net. If you do this twice in a row, then it is a double
fault, and the opposing player scores the point.

        There are 8 games in a set, and 3 sets in a match. Whoever wins
the most matches out of 3 wins the match. There is only one difference
in doubles: the double line is no longer the out-of-bounds. The
outermost line is now out-of-bounds. That's a quick overview of the rules of
Tennis. Now that you know the basics, it's time to strategize.

                           4. Meet Your Enemy

     There are five levels of difficulty in the game of Tennis. Level 1 is
where you can boost your self-esteem with a couple of wins, and Level 5 is
where you realize the computer is the biggest cheater in the history of tennis
games. HOWEVER, I will try my best to give you an overview of your opponents
along with a strategy, in hopes that you can succeed where many, many others
have failed.



The representative of the non-athletic world, this tennis player still has to
learn the basics. The lob shot is still not within his grasp, so plenty of
strong shots will come, but verrry slowly. So are his movements. So a very easy
(and very cheap) way to beat Level 1 all the time, everytime.

             1.) Serve ball
             2.) Level 1 hits ball back
             3.) Hit ball to opposite side of the court

He just won't reach it in time, no matter how hard he tries. Plus, you might
only have to use Step 1, since it's very common to ace him. You shouldn't have
much trouble with Level 1.


On this Level, you're playing a player who's faster than Level 1 by just a
smidgen. He also knows the Lob Shot, but hardly uses it at all. So the cheap
strategy you used for Level 1 won't work all the time for Level 2. A better
strategy is using a Lob Shot, and then a Straight Shot to mix up the opponent.
Level 2 will usually miss this shot, and you can easily rack up the points in
this manner.


Suddenly, the net game comes into play. Level 3 loves playing the net, and
loves to slam the ball right back in your face. He tends to favor Straight
Shots more than Lob Shots, but might throw one or two in there to mix you up.
The key to victory is long-range Lob Shots. They go over his net-loving head,
and are easy points for you to gather up.


And this guy hates the net. Playing Level 4 is like playing a very fast version
of Pong. The ball speed significantly increases on Levels 4 and 5, so accuracy
becomes a bigger issue. Since Level 4 plays long-range, you have to play a
solid net game if you want an advantage. While the net game isn't my expertise,
I know a few tricks to pull out a decent one.

             1.) Alternate between long-range and net. Hit one
                 ball long-range, then run up and play the net for
                 the return.
             2.) Power is a big issue. Only, ONLY use Straight Shots,
                 never Lob Shots.
             3.) Swing the racket at an angle. A ball traveling
                 straight off the racket near the net will only travel
                 out of bounds.


Insert random curse words here. This guy has no weaknesses. Speed, alternates
between shots, plays both an aggressive net game and a solid long game...this
is the Andre Agassi of the game. So I bet you're wondering "So how do I go
about beating this bad mutha(shut your mouth)?". Wellll...there is no cheap
strategies. Only pure gameplay skill will get you through. You have to match
him shot for shot, and the one who makes more mistakes loses (which is usually
you). However, on Level 5, he tends to fault a lot during the serve, so you may
get a lucky point or two here and there.

                           5. Tips And Tricks

    "To err is human. To put the blame on someone else is doubles."

- When you play doubles, always have the front man hit the ball, no matter
  what. Otherwise, the back man will hit it or miss it, and the computer's
  front man will make you eat the ball. You could, however, try for a lob
  shot to avoid this.

- A forehand and backhand actually change direction of the ball. Make sure
  you are in the right position before you hit the ball, or it will hit
  somebody in the crowd instead of the court.

- Don't play the net game constantly. You don't have a lot of accuracy behind
  the power of your shot, so hitting the ball so close to your opponent
  usually results in hitting the ball out of bounds if you do it repeatedly.


     I hope you've enjoyed this FAQ, and it has helped you with the game of
Tennis. If you have any questions or comments about this FAQ, please feel free
to e-mail me at:  eagle25_100@yahoo.com.
                                                     (c) 2003 Raging_DemonTEN

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