|Tennis is a social game, a game involving simple politeness and consideration.
Everyone will enjoy the game so much more if those standards are maintained. At
our association we endeavour to promote the values of good sportsmanship and
respect for all. This ensures that a player's experience with tennis is
enjoyable and rewarding. To assist new players (and as a reminder to existing
players) we have made available a list of the type of behaviour we wish to
encourage at our association.
Arrive at least ten minutes prior to a match commencing. Make sure you allow
yourself time to warm up. This prevents injuries.
Wear appropriate tennis attire and footwear, not beach wear/jeans etc.
Always come prepared. Bring water to drink and a hat when it is hot.
Please make the effort to get to tennis practice at least once per week.
Prior to a set commencing introduce yourself to your partner (if applicable)
and the opposition players.
To decide who serves first, spin your racquet or toss a coin. 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.
Never dispute the umpire/supervisor's decision. Please do not offer your
opinion on whether a ball was in or out unless asked by the umpire. Accept that
the umpire may make mistakes and proceed with the match.
Try not to make too much noise on your court; you may distract your opponent
or even people on the next court.
When changing ends please walk around the net post, not under the net. Please
do not lean on the net.
You should be ready to commence play when the server is ready.
Place discarded hats, clothing etc. at the net post, not behind the back of
Don't interrupt a point unless a safety issue has arisen.
If you are not involved in a match please wait outside the fence until it is
When the set is completed proceed to the net and shake hands with your
opponent/s and thank them for the match. Then shake hands with your partner, and
thank the umpire/supervisor.
Getting the balls in the server's hands is the biggest time-waster. Everyone
should make sure they help collect balls and get them to the server efficiently.
Here are a few tips that will speed up the game and make it more fun for
Send a ball directly to the server so that he/she can catch it easily with one
hand. Wait until the server is looking or get their attention before returning
the ball to him/her. Advanced players seem to be able to get the ball to bounce
once, softly, to the server, but most less advanced players should make the ball
bounce twice to ensure that it arrives at a low speed. For younger players it is
recommended they return the ball by rolling the ball under the net, not hitting
it with their racquet.
Never hit a ball hard toward the server's side with the intention that he/she
will eventually collect it off the fence. Aside from the possibility of hitting
someone who's not expecting a ball to be coming, you'll also probably cause the
ball to bounce off the fence and roll either too far away or into the court
where it will become a hazard.
Commence serving only when you have both balls in your possession. Balls
should be kept either in hand, in a pocket or ball clip, or against the fence
directly behind the centre mark. For safety reasons, putting the second ball at
your feet is not recommended.
Please refrain from hitting a serve that is clearly a fault.
If the server needs a ball, the player closest to a ball should get it and
send it to the server.
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.
If your ball runs onto or behind the next court please wait until their point
is completed prior to running to fetch it.
If a ball from the next court rolls onto your court, please wait until their
point is completed before returning the ball. Instead of waiting it may be
preferable to roll the ball to the fence behind their court, but not if it means
sending it across their court while play is still in progress.
The server must announce the score clearly at the start of each game and at
the start of the second point and each subsequent point in each game. If they
forget it is advisable for another player to do so. It can be difficult to
reconstruct the scoring point by point if a dispute arises.
If you're not sure whether your opponent's shot is in or out, it's in. If you
cannot clearly see the ball as out, you must give your opponent the benefit of
No matter how obvious it may be to you that your opponent's shot is out, it
may not be obvious to him. He/she is entitled to a prompt, clear call.
In making a line call a player should not enlist the aid of a spectator.
Any call of "out", "let", or "fault" must be made instantaneously; otherwise,
the ball is presumed good and still in play. "Instantaneously" means that the
call is made before either an opponent has hit the return or the return has gone
out of play. Most important: a ball is not out until it is called out.
Don't call an opponent's serve into the net 'fault'. It is unnecessary.
During the set applaud good play from your partner and from your opponent/s.
Give your partner lots of encouragement if they are not having much success.
They do not need to be reminded that they just missed an easy shot. We all have
our bad days and it is nice to have the support of your partner, no matter what.
Try to look like you're having fun, even if you're playing badly. Neither your
opponent nor your partner wants to see you looking miserable or displaying bad
behaviour (e.g. losing your temper, using bad language, slamming a ball in anger
or throwing your racquet). You're likely to play better if you try to present a
positive state of mind.
Always be a good sport and enjoy the challenge of competition. Remember that
there's no disgrace in losing. Try to reach your personal best and you will
enjoy the match. Tennis is a wonderful game, so have fun!