- Racket Control: Swing the optional PlayStation Move Controller like a tennis racquet to perform virtual tennis strokes with your avatar as your actions are seen virtually.
- Avatar Control: Optionally use the joystick on the PlayStation Controller or PlayStation Move Navigation Controller to control the movement of your player avatar on the court. Move along the baseline or charge the net to volley. Or, let the game simplify play by moving your avatar for you.
- Grand Slam Career: For added depth and complexity, take your created player on the journey to win the four Grand Slams. Only a select group of pros have completed the elusive Grand Slam and now for the first time, gamers can take up the same challenge
- ESPN Grand Slam Classics: Relive or rewrite history with classic game scenarios from historic Grand Slam matches.
- Venues: Users can play all four Grand Slam events: the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. Authentic stadiums and venues are recognizable as the real grounds, including center court and other stadiums. Additional tournament venues outside the Grand Slam include Dubai, Geneva, Shanghai, and Brighton.
- PlayStation Move: The game is compatible with the PlayStation Move controller, optionally taking the authentic one-to-one motion to a new level. Spin your racket and control your in-game player with exact precision.
- Shot Types: Highly responsive system detects a variety of shots, including slice, flat shot, and topspin. Players can also perform Lobs and Drop Shots as well as serve type and power.
- Challenges: In your quest to win each Grand Slam, conquer the various challenges to accumulate more skills for your created player.
- Custom Player Avatars: Play as any of the 23 professional avaatrs provided, or design your own custom avatars. Define avatar appearance as well as playing style.
- Online: Connect with other players online for new opponents and challenges. (Internet connection and EA Online Pass code required, included inside box.)
- Player Styles: Licensed pros play true to their actual playing styles, including all-court, defensive baseliner, offensive baseliner, and serve and volley
- Learning to Play: The game includes a Training mode that guides a player through different shot types with accuracy tests and instant feedback on shot type, spin, power and accuracy to help the players master all techniques.
- Trophies: Earn and compare PlayStation Trophies by winning matches and completing training.
Grand Slam Tennis 2 features 23 total players, including 9 retired legends and 14 of today's top players.
- Current Male Players: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lleyton Hewitt and Kei Nishikori.
- Current Female Players: Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic, Justine Henin, Lindsay Davenport and Maria Sharapova.
- Retired Male Legends: Pete Sampras, Björn Borg, John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Pat Cash, and Michael Stich
- Retired Female Legends: Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert
Grand Slam Tennis also includes a "Create-A-Player" mode. In the "Create-A-Player" mode, players can create their own unique player avatar for use in all modes of the game. Define the player avatar's name, appearance, hair color and style, and facial characteristics. The player can customize their created player with branded clothing, racquet styles, accessories and physical appearance. Even customize the player avatar's stance and swing style, and even add grunts! Playing in Career / Tournament mode allows the player to add new accessories and outfits as they earn endorsements from sports equipment and clothing manufacturers. Up to nine customized players can be created at any one time.
The voice of Pat Cash provides match commentary and John McEnroe provides additional color commentary for matches. Replays are frequently used to show alternate views of just-completed points. Realistic ambient noise for each venue and crowd reactions are included in the soundtrack.
Grand Slam Tennis 2 offers 12 different authentic stadiums from all four Grand Slam venues to play in:
- Australian Open: Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena and Court 15.
- French Open: at Rollan-Garros: Court Philippe Chatrier, Court Suzanne Lenglen and Court No. 15.
- Wimbledon Championships: Centre Court, Court No. 1 and Court No. 3.
- US Open (tennis)|U.S. Open: Arthur Ashe Stadium, Louis Armstrong Stadium and Court 9.
In addition, Grand Slam Tennis 2 offers authentic stadiums from several other major tournaments outside the four Grand Slam events:
- Brighton Center court (Grass)
- Dubai Center court (Hard surface)
- Shanghai Center court (Hard surface)
- Geneva Center court (Clay)
Grand Slam Tennis 2 has several modes of play:
- Play Now: This mode allows players to enter either a singles or doubles match. This mode is available for both single and multiplayer forms of play, with up to four local players (based on number of PlayStation controllers) or a network opponent (EA Online Pass account required). The player is able to select their venue, and to choose game and match settings such as set length (e.g. 6 games), number of sets per match (e.g. 1, 2 or 3, or 3 of 5), difficulty (Rookie, Amateur, Pro, SuperStar) and the option of a tie-break. Player can also choose to play as one of the game's 23 professional avatars or create and use his or her own custom avatar.
- Grand Slam: This mode allows players to embark on a career with their created player.The career involves travelling to each of the four Grand Slam tournaments and attempt to achieve the Grand Slam by winning every tournament. Each tournament begins with a warm-up match against a fellow fictional rookie of average ability. The player can then challenge a legend or current player to a match in an attempt to learn the players special ability, e.g. Rafael Nadal's forehand topspin, or Björn Borg's fitness. If the player is successful with their challenge, they may equip that special ability for use in future matches. The player can equip only one ability to start with, however as the player increases in skill, they will be able to equip multiple abilities at one time. Then the player will take part in a party style mini-game form of tennis along with fictional players, before starting the tournament. Every tournament starts at the round of 32 stage (round 3).
- Party Mode: This is a collection of mini-games that are each a slightly altered form of tennis, with slight rule changes:
- Tag Team: 2 on 2 with players rotating and taking turns hitting the ball.
- Aussie Doubles: 2 on 1 and the players rotate after each set.
- Drop and Lob: use the drop shot and lob winners for double points.
- Champs: time based game, take turns swinging, win the rally to become a champ.
- King of the Court: beat the king to become king, only the king earns points.
- Net-masters: Net shots are worth double points.
- Triplets: Similar to Aussie doubles where (2 on 1) but the players do not rotate around.
- Training: Practice different shots, spins, and aiming John McEnroe provides verbal "encouragement".
- Online: Using an EA Online Pass and internet connection the player can:
- Play head-to-head online against remote opponents.
- Capture your true likeness and put yourself in the game with Game Face.
- Create your own online legend with Share-a-Pro.
- Make a name for yourself in the online world as you battle through elimination tournaments.
Grand Slam Tennis 2 allows multiplayer competition either with 1-4 local players (each requires a PlayStation Controller) or via the EA Online Network (EA Online Pass serial code is included in box.)
Online consists of ranked or unranked matches where you can play anyone around the world. Ranked earns the player points when they beat someone and these points decide what overall ranking you are in the world. Unranked matches are friendly and don't earn any points for the player's online profile. It is good for people who are preparing to hit the leaderboards. When players win ranked matches they do not only win points for themselves but also for their country. There is a national leaderboard which shows which country has the best players.