The following are guidelines drawn up by the committee which if carried out should enable us all to enjoy our tennis more. Members are asked to read and take note, please.
- Players should not enter or leave the courts by crossing over a court while a set is in progress. There are two gates for access but do not enter or leave while a point is being played on courts 1, 2 and 3.
- Do not walk behind a court while a point is being played.
- If a ball from another court ends up on your court, to return it simply roll it safely to the back of the court and not direct to a player unless he/she requests it.
- Tennis balls will end up scattered over the court during play, so you should retrieve balls for your partner and your opponent when they are serving to keep the game flowing.
- Line calls can be hard to see from the other side of the court so you must call your own lines, ensuring your opponent can hear you. A ball that touches any part of the line is good.
- Always respect the line calls of your opponent because he/she is nearer than you.
- If you have a disagreement with your opponent, offer a let. This means you replay the point.
- When playing doubles (as we do all the time), remember there are 4 players on court and not 2 so involve everyone. The result does not ultimately matter and if all players are involved it makes for a better game.
- At the end of a game, all the balls should be left in the net for the next players.
- Take your turn at sitting out voluntarily – not just when you have to. Being selfish leads to resentment. When you are setting out, keep an eye on what is happening on court so you are ready to go and play when a set has finished.
- No mobile phones to be taken on court.
- The server is required to announce the score at the start of each game, and also at the start of the second point and each point that follows in each game.
- Tennis can be a frustrating game if you are not getting your serves in or not hitting your shots, but try to remain upbeat and happy. Neither your partner nor your opponents want to be playing tennis with someone who is miserable so cheer up! You are more likely to play better tennis if you are calm, relaxed, focussed, and in a positive frame of mind.