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Social Tennis Etiquette

  • Booking and cancellation: Social tennis starts at a specific time, please be at the club five minutes early so that the organiser can allocate you to the correct court, if you are going to be late please let the organiser know.  Out of courtesy to the other participants and the organiser and to allow other members to sign up, please cancel on Courtreserve with 24 hours of notice if you cannot make the event.  Emergencies and other unforeseen things happen, if you cannot make it within 24 hours please text or email the organiser.  Repeat cancellations or not showing up may lead to being sanctioned and barred from future social tennis events.
  • Do not criticise your partner or opponent, be positive and offer encouragement instead. 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. Your opponent and/or doubles partner doesn’t 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, focused, and in a positive frame of mind.
  • Do not walk behind a court during an active point. Pass as quickly as possible after a point has finished.
  • Often a ball from another court will end up on your court. To return a ball simply roll it safely to the back of the court and not direct to a player unless they request it.
  • Tennis balls will end up scattered over the court during play, so you should retrieve balls for your partner and your opponent to keep the game flowing.
  • Always respect the line calls of your opponent because they are nearer than you.
  • If you are unsure as to whether your opponent’s shot was in or out, call it in.
  • Both you and your partner take responsibility for monitoring and reporting line calls on your own side of the court, unless your partners vision is compromised, and the call is an obvious one.
  • If you are receiving the ball from a serve, and your partner is also near to the service line, they are better placed than you to make a call as to whether the ball was long or not.