BY ATARI, INC.
Insert your 5200 game cartridge so the label faces you and reads
right-side-up. Be sure the cartridge is firmly seated in the center
of the console, but do not force it. Then press the POWER switch on.
See your Owner's Manual for further details.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Match Point
2. Game Play
3. Using the 5200 Controller
4. Atari Trak-Ball Controller Option
6. Game Variations
7. RealSports TENNIS Glossary
SERVE 'EM UP!
1. MATCH POINT
It's your serve, the score is 6-5. If you take the point, the match
It's been a long hot afternoon at center court. Your opponent's
striking forehand has given you difficulty all day. To top it off,
he has a thunderbolt serve and a cruel overhand smash. Maybe you can
beat him on stamina by running him around the court until he drops.
Every seat in the stadium is filled with tense and anxious fans. You
nervously bounce the ball two or three times to relieve the tension.
You're ready for the serve...he returns it with a forehand dropshot.
You can't let this point get away. Like lightening, you mentally
pinpoint where your next shot will go; and then execute it by driving
the ball down the sideline.
The crowd's with you; they groan as your opponent saves the ball with
a driving forehand, forcing you back to the baseline. Quickly
rethinking your strategy, you hit a defensive lob. Your opponent
returns it with one of his classic smashes to your backhand. But
this time, you're ready! You whip a passing shot down the sideline
to his backhand. He lunges for it--but not far enough. The crowd
cheers as the ball whizzes past his astonished face.
The point is yours; you take the match!
2. GAME PLAY
The object of ATARI RealSports TENNIS is to score enough points to
win a match. A match is the best of three sets. (See Section 5,
SCORING for games, sets, and matches.)
Choose from three game variations: singles against the computer,
singles between two players, or doubles in which each team has one
human player and one computer player.
You can also choose between two skill levels--INTERMEDIATE or
ADVANCED. In advanced games, the ball travels faster than in
At the end of each game, the receiver becomes the server, and the
server becomes the receiver. The players also change ends of the
court after every odd-numbered game.
3. USING THE 5200 CONTROLLER
Use your 5200 controllers with this ATARI game cartridge. Plug the
controller into jack 1 for one-player games; plug a second controller
into jack 2 for two-player games.
For your convenience, two keypad overlays are included with this
game. Slip the tabs into the slots above and below the keypad on
your controller (see Figure 2).
When not in use, your keypad overlays can be stored on the back of
your game cartridge. Simply slip the tabs into the slots provided on
After inserting the cartridge and turning the console POWER on, the
program displays a selection screen.
Press the left * key to select an automated game (the squared marked
AUTOMATED on your overlay). An automated game allows you to play
with either one or two computer players. (See Section 6, GAME
VARIATIONS for automated games.)
Press the right # key to choose an intermediate or advanced game (the
square marked SKILL LEVEL on your overlay).
Press the O key to choose the number of players (the square marked
NUMBER OF PLAYERS on your overlay). Press the key until the desired
number of players appears on the court. All doubles games require
two human players; one for each team.
Personalize your tennis match by programming your name into the
scoreboard at the upper left corner of the screen. First, use the
top fire button to place the cursor (blinking square) over the P.
Then press the lower fire button to cycle through the alphabet until
you reach the desired letter. When you've reached the correct
letter, simply press the top fire button and the cursor will move to
the next letter. When you have completed your name, cycle through
the alphabet until you find the "blank space". Then program blank
spaces until you've entered a total of seven characters. Each player
uses his own controller to personalize the scoreboard (see Figure 3).
Press START when you're ready to begin playing. If you don't make
a specific selection, the program automatically sets to an AUTOMATED
INTERMEDIATE game for one player. When a game ends, press START to
begin the same game variation again.
Press PAUSE to suspend the game in progress. PAUSE MODE will appear
at the top of the screen and all action will freeze instantly. Press
PAUSE again to continue game play.
During game play, press PAUSE (PAUSE MODE must appear on the screen)
and then RESET to return to the selection screen. ALL players' names
will be erased when the program is reset.
SERVING AND RETURNING THE BALL
The server has a choice of serving to the opponent's forehand or
backhand. Press the upper fire button to serve to your opponent's
backhand; press the lower fire button to serve to your opponent's
forehand. The player using the controller plugged into jack 1 serves
first. Once the ball is in play, use your joystick to maneuver your
player around the court.
IMPORTANT: To stop your player, return your joystick to the upright
Choose your strategy before returning the ball by selecting your
desired target area on the court. Each half of the court is divided
into nine target areas (see Figure 4). Both the top half and bottom
half are numbered from left-to-right and correspond exactly to the
numbers on your keypad. Whether you are playing the top or the
bottom half of the court, you view the target areas as shown in
To program your return, press the button (numbers 1 through 9) that
corresponds to the area where you want to place the ball. If you
don't select a target area, a groundstroke will automatically be made
to area 5.
To select a lob shot, press O during game play. But watch out, the
computer player can smash a lob so fast, you won't be able to return
Here are a few suggestions for using your joystick controllers along
with your keypad.
* Place the controller on your lap; keep one hand on the joystick
and the other hand on the keypad. Use either hand to press the
fire buttons for serving the ball.
* Try keeping your fingers over the keypad like a 10-key adding
machine, or just use your thumb or one finger to press the keys.
* If you have large hands, try to maneuver the joystick with your
thumb. This will free your other hand to place your shot.
4. ATARI TRAK-BALL CONTROLLER OPTION
This RealSports TENNIS cartridge offers an ATARI TRAK-BALL option
which may be purchased seperately (available in mid-1983). The
TRAK-BALL can be plugged into either jack at the front of the
console. (Follow the instructions in Section 3, USING THE 5200
CONTROLLER for player and game selection, and using the keypad).
Move your TRAK-BALL in the direction you want your player to move
on the court. See your TRAK-BALL owner's manual for further details.
You score points in ATARI RealSports TENNIS as you would in real
0 (ZERO) = Love
Point 1 = 15
Point 2 = 30
Point 3 = 40
Point 4 = Game (not shown on screen)
The first player to win a fourth point wins the game. However, if
both players score 3 points (40 each), the score is DEUCE. After
deuce, the next point scored is called advantage. If that point is
scored by the server, the screen displays AD IN. If that point is
scored by the receiver, the screen displays AD OUT. To win a game,
you must have a two-point lead.
The first player to win six games wins a set, provided that the
winner has a two-game lead. The player to win two out of three sets
wins the match. If, at the end of a set, the score is 6-all, the
players compete in a tie-breaker; they alternate serves until one
player wins at least seven out of twelve points. The winner of the
tie-breaker must have a two-point lead to win the set.
Scores are displayed at the top of the screen; player 1's score is
displayed above player 2's score. The game score is displayed at the
upper right; the set score is displayed at the upper left (See Figure
5 for scores.)
How points are scored:
* The server wins a point if, for any reason, the opponent fails to
return the ball.
* The receiver scores a point when the server fails to return the
6. GAME VARIATIONS
There are three game variations and two skill levels in this ATARI
RealSports TENNIS game
One-Player Singles One player challenges the
(AUTOMATED) computer to a tennis match
Two-Player Singles Two players vie for the
Two-Player Doubles Two players each team-up
(AUTOMATED) with a computer player for
a game of doubles. You
must select the desired
target area for your
INTERMEDIATE -- An average game of tennis, which requires a basic
knowledge of tennis rules and strategy.
ADVANCED -- A faster than average game of tennis in which the
ball travels faster, and the emphasis is on strategy
and quick moves.
7. REALSPORTS TENNIS GLOSSARY
A point earned by serving a ball which cannot be
returned by the opponent.
Short for advantage. A point won after a score of
deuce. If the same player wins the next point, he
wins the game. If he loses the next point, the score
returns to deuce.
A stroke made with the hitting arm and the racket
across the front of the body and the back of the hand
facing the direction the ball is to go.
A tie after each player has a score of 40. To win a
deuce game, a player must score two consecutive
A soft shot that falls just over the net.
A stroke made with the palm of the hand facing the
direction the ball is to travel.
Hitting the ball after it bounces.
A stroke that sends the ball high in the air, over the
opponent's head, and lands in the backcourt.
In ATARI RealSports TENNIS, the best two out of three
Hitting the ball while it is in the air, above the
RUSH THE NET:
Running to the net in order to volley a return.
A hard overhand stroke.
Hitting the ball before it bounces.
Typed by Keita Iida