Good Tennis Etiquette
When playing tennis, you should always show respect for your opponent and those playing on the courts around you:
- Don’t walk across a court when a match is in progress. Instead wait until the point has been played, then walk behind the baseline to your court.
- In the same way, when walking on the path behind courts, it is best to wait until the players have finished their point.
- Shouting, swearing and throwing your racket when you miss a shot is bad manners and only lets your opponent know you are annoyed giving them an advantage.
- If a ball rolls on to your court during a rally, stop playing and return the ball to the other court.
- When your opponent is serving and the point is over, if there are any balls on your side of the court, pick them up and return them to your opponent.
- You are supposed to call balls “in” or “out” when they land on your side of the net. If you are not sure, give your opponent the benefit of the doubt. Never call a ball on your opponent’s side of the net unless your opponent asks for your help in deciding.
- Never argue with an opponent. If players can’t agree on the score they should go back to a score on which there was agreement and resume the match from there.
- When the match is finished, shake hands with both your partner and opponents.
- If a tennis ball has rolled during play or before play close to any player and poses a danger of a player falling /tripping, all players on court have a duty of care to point out the danger, by holding up their racket, stopping play and alerting the player at risk.