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Tennis court etiquette

  • Talk quietly when standing near tennis courts that are in use.

  • Never walk behind a court when a point is still in play. Wait until the point is over and then cross as fast as possible.

  • To see who serves first, spin your racket. If you win the toss, the choice is yours. You may serve first, or you may choose to receive 

  • first or to pick which end of the court you want to start playing on. As a third choice, you may make your opponent choose first.

  • When sending balls back to a neighbouring court, roll them on to the back of the court. Never send them back while play
    is in progress.

  • Retrieve balls for your partner and your opponent. All balls on your side of the net are your responsibility, to pick up and, where appropriate, return directly to the server.

  • Call your own lines and let your opponent hear the call. If the ball is good say nothing and play on.

  • Always respect the line-calls of your opponent.

  • If there is a disagreement, offer a let. In other words, replay the point, even if it was a second service.

  • The receiver should not return the first service if it is an obvious fault - let it go by or ground it.

  • To avoid controversy over the score, the server should announce the game score before starting a game and the point score prior to serving for each point.

  • In doubles, when returning service, the partner of the receiver should generally call the service line for him/her. The receiver should generally call the centre and side service lines. The call needs to be loud enough to stop their opponents/partner playing.

  • If a ball comes onto the court during play and interferes with the match, a player must call let immediately if it is a definite interference on the point being played. If it is the point is replayed. 

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